State Memoirs: Concord is home to Eli Lilly’s new manufacturing campus – Salisbury Post

CONCORD (AP) – Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. will build a new manufacturing facility in central North Carolina on the site of a former cigarette factory that has already attracted other companies to the area.

Eli Lilly, who made the announcement Friday with government officials, plans a five-building campus at The Grounds economic development site in Concord, media reported. The investment of nearly $1 billion will lead to nearly 600 jobs that will offer average salaries of nearly $70,000.

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly will make parenteral — or injectable — products and devices at the plant, according to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office. Eli Lilly has been instrumental in the development of insulin and COVID-19 treatments.

Lilly could receive $12.1 million in state payments if it meets the investment and job creation goals that formed the basis of an incentive reward. Concord and Cabarrus county leaders will hold meetings next month to consider performance-based property tax grants.

The company also announced in 2020 that it would build a factory in Research Triangle Park.

The Grounds, where Philip Morris once operated a factory, will also house a manufacturing, canning and distribution center operated by Red Bull, Rauch and Ball Corp. This announcement was made last summer.

Officials: 1 dead in house fire in Concord

CONCORD (AP) — A person found in a central North Carolina home that caught fire early Saturday has died, authorities said.

The Concord Fire Department received a call around 2:30 a.m. and arrived at the house to find fire and smoke coming from the front and back doors, media said.

A neighbor had tried unsuccessfully to rescue the occupant of the house, firefighters said. The teams that arrived first on the scene evacuated the victim, who later died. The victim’s name was not immediately released.

The fire department was investigating the cause of the fire, which caused $20,000 in property damage.

Heavy snowfall recorded in western North Carolina mountains

ASHEVILLE, AP — Several inches of snow fell in the mountains of North Carolina before a fast-moving winter storm rolled out of the state Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Areas north and west of Asheville, particularly those at the higher elevations, saw the greatest accumulations, led by parts of Yancey County seeing up to 10 inches.

Madison County recorded up to 8 inches, according to Weather Services data. Totals in Buncombe County ranged from 1 to 7 inches, depending on elevation.

Other sections of the state that received snowfall Friday night and Saturday that was more than a dusting included areas south of Greensboro.

The state Department of Transportation said more than 1,800 crews and contractors worked overnight and into Saturday morning applying sand and salt to the roads.

The DOT and Weather Service warned of hazardous road conditions late Saturday and early Sunday as temperatures in the teens and 20s combined with high winds could keep ice present.

County sting operation results in more than 30 arrests

WHITEVILLE (AP) – More than 30 people have been arrested on more than 200 cumulative counts related to an investigation into the illegal sale of drugs, alcohol and firearms in a southeastern county. North Carolina, the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division announced Saturday.

The month-long sting operation in Columbus County came to a head on Friday when local, state and federal law enforcement officials attempted to serve arrest warrants and a residential search warrant, according to an EFA press release.

Officers seized drugs such as fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as firearms and alcoholic beverages. Nearly a dozen people subject to arrest warrants are still at large, according to the press release.

The operation focused on businesses licensed under liquor control rules and residences. Suspected illegal activities at ABC-licensed businesses could subject them to fines or the suspension or revocation of licenses.

FTA officers have investigative and arrest powers across North Carolina, focusing primarily on alcohol, tobacco, and gambling enforcement.

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