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Wilson County approves $4M economic incentive deal

Commissioners to finance $1.1M radio upgrade for sheriff’s office

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Wilson County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved an economic incentive package worth more than $4 million in support of Fresenius Kabi’s expansion.

The global health care company will expand its manufacturing operations in Wilson County, adding 445 jobs.

Fresenius Kabi will receive roughly $ 4 ½ million in economic incentives from the county over the next five years. The company specializes in medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition.

The expansion project will be a $150 million investment in Wilson, officials said.

Fresenius Kabi’s plans in North Carolina include expansion of its current pharmaceutical production facility in Wilson and the construction of a new manufacturing facility, also in Wilson. The new facility will be built adjacent to the existing facility located at 5200 Corporate Parkway.

Both sites will be dedicated to manufacturing products used in hospitals and clinics throughout the United States and Canada.

Fresenius Kabi has owned its Wilson site on Corporate Parkway, which specializes in the production of ready-to-administer syringes, since January 2016.

Fresenius Kabi will add a variety of jobs with the expansion, including production specialists, engineers, scientists and managers.

The average salary for jobs will be in the upper tier for Wilson, which is $60,000 per year or more, officials said.

FINANCING FOR VIPER SYSTEM

Commissioners also unanimously approved a plan to finance roughly $1.1 million for a new VIPER communications system for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. It will also include megahertz radios for deputies.

Sheriff Calvin Woodard had requested the system during this year’s budget, which commissioners approved. The project will include radios, console upgrades and other equipment. Commissioners approved entering into a installment financing contract to fund the system, which Woodard said is vital for the agency.

The system will help deputies communicate with other law enforcement agencies directly instead of going through 911 operators to do so. There are spots in the county where deputies can’t receive signals. Woodard will also be seeking grant funding to offset costs.

The VIPER system is managed by the N.C. State Highway Patrol under the N.C. Department of Public Safety and serves all emergency responders, according to the state.

The county will essentially be buying the infrastructure so that the sheriff’s office will be able to communicate at the local, state and federal levels.

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