Business and Industry

Welcome to one of the fastest growing municipalities in one of the fastest growing counties in the State of North Carolina. Why is Clayton, formerly and for generations known as a small crossroads community, now the source of so much interest? The answer is simple: We offer what everyone is looking for.

Entrepreneurs like the progressive and cooperative spirit shared by business and civic leaders. Families like the secure feeling of living in a close-knit, neighborly atmosphere with community schools and abundant recreational and cultural activities.

Clayton enjoys prominence as a hub for high-tech industry including major bio-pharmaceutical companies such as Griflos, Hospira, Inc. and Novo Nordisk, the world’s largest manufacturer of diabetes-related products. In total, more than 10 percent of all bio-pharmaceutical jobs in North Carolina exist in Clayton. Never satisfied with a good thing, Johnston County and the Town of Clayton have partnered with North Carolina State University to create the Workforce Development Center where in-service and prospective employees of the ever growing bio-pharma industry can achieve advance training and applied degrees.

Other major corporations that call Clayton home include Coca-Cola, Smithfield Packing Company, Caterpillar, Baker Thermal Solutions (formerly Turkington USA), Automated Rolls of North Carolina, PCX and Natvar.

The Clayton business community is very diverse and evolving to meet the needs of a growing residential base.