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Just a week after N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker visits, Pat McCrory gets his own tour of Novozymes.
by Clellie Allen
FRANKLINTON — Governor Pat McCrory paid a visit to Novozymes Tuesday night, taking a nearly hourlong tour of the facility before speaking to members and guests of the Greater Franklin County Area Chamber of Commerce as part of a legislative meet-and-greet.
“We firmly believe that if we’re going to have a long-term sustainable economy in this state, we have to recruit and expand existing companies that make things, that build things, that produce things, that grow things and that innovate things,” McCrory said after his tour.
“By the way, I think that this company fits all five of those criteria,” he added.
The company, which has one of its two North American production plants on Perrys Chapel Road in Franklinton, focuses on enzyme production. That means everything from beer to detergent.
Novozymes invests nearly 14 percent of its global revenue in research and development annually and its company website says that it “benefits from being part of one of the largest biotechnology centers in the country … Research Triangle Park.”
“This is exactly the kind of company we need,” McCrory said.