Business & Industry

Major Employers

Global manufacturers and innovative corporations have found Johnston County to be an exceptional location for business. For proof, simply look at some of the recent business expansion announcements from companies like Novo Nordisk, Grifols and Becton Dickinson.

Johnston County Public Schools

Johnston County Public Schools serves more than 36,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.

  • Industry: Education and Health Services
  • Employment Range: 1000+
Johnston Health

Johnston Health is Johnston County’s health care system. Established in 1951, the flagship hospital in Smithfield has 149 acute care beds and shares a campus with the SECU Hospice House and the Johnston Medical Mall, which is anchored by HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center. Johnston Health Clayton, which opened in 2009 as an outpatient center, became a full-service hospital after adding a three-story, 50-bed addition in January 2015.

Through a recent affiliation, Johnston Health is now part of UNC Health Care.

Industry: Education and Health Services
Employment Range: 1000+

Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 95 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care and other serious chronic conditions such as rare bleeding disorders, growth hormone related disorders and obesity.

Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 42,700 people in 79 countries and markets its products in more than 170 countries.

The Novo Nordisk manufacturing facilities in Clayton, North Carolina produce Diabetes Finished Products (DFP) and Diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (DAPI).

Industry: Manufacturing
Employment Range: 1000+

Grifols Therapeutics

Grifols is a global healthcare company dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people around the world. Established in Barcelona, Spain in 1940, Grifols is an industry leader in the production of plasma-derived medicines, with 20,000 employees across 30 countries.

Grifols’ Clayton plant is the company’s primary manufacturing facility, producing proteins to treat rare diseases including immune deficiencies and genetic emphysema.

Industry: Manufacturing
Employment Range: 1000+

Johnston County

Johnston County employees are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community by working together to provide responsive, efficient, and innovative services.

Industry: Public Administration
Employment Range: 1000+

Asplundh Tree Expert Company

Since 1928, Asplundh Tree Expert has been dedicated to safe, efficient and innovative line clearance services to the utility industry. As a full-service utility contractor Asplundh performs tree pruning and removals, right-of-way clearing and maintenance, vegetation management with herbicides and emergency storm work and logistical support.

A family-owned and operated corporation headquartered near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Asplundh has grown to employ over 35,000 service professionals throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Industry: Professional and Business Services
Employment Range: 1000+

Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, operates more than 1,100 grocery stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Food Lion employs more than 63,000 associates and serves approximately 10 million customers a week.

Industry: Trade, Transportation & Utilities
Employment Range: 500-999

Wal-Mart Associates, Inc

Walmart has grown over the last 50 years into the largest retailer in the world. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide.

Industry: Trade, Transportation and Utilities
Employment Range: 500-999

Johnston Community College

Johnston Community College is a public community college in Smithfield, North Carolina. It is located 30 miles east of Raleigh, near the junction of I-95 and US 70.

Industry: Education and Health Services
Employment Range: 500-999

AAF Flanders

AAF Flanders designs, manufacturers and markets air filters and filtration systems for cleanrooms and manufacturers.

Industry: Manufacturing
Employment Range: 500-999

Caterpillar, Inc

With 2017 sales and revenues of $45.462 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.

Industry: Manufacturing
Employment Range: 500-999

International Companies

Johnston County is home to a number of international firms. Like other companies in our area, they thrive here thanks to our access to a high-quality workforce and best-in-class workforce training programs.

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