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As eastern North Carolina’s medical, commercial, and educational hub, Greenville has more than 2,000 people working in pharmaceutical manufacturing occupations—a concentration 12 times higher than the U.S.

Fast Facts

Higher than U.S.
for skilled occupations

Higher location quotient than U.S. average for skilled occupations including Industrial Production Managers, Industrial Engineers and Chemists


1,500 pharmaceutical manufacturing-related degree completions in 2019 at educational institutions within the Greenville labor shed

Biopharma crescent

Located within the BioPharma Crescent, a five-county region with more than a dozen companies employing 10,000 people in pharmaceutical manufacturing and five active sites ready for development

Reliable Utilities with Excess Capacity

Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC) has met the life science industry’s needs since the region’s first pharmaceutical manufacturer began operations more than 50 years ago. From electricity, natural gas to water, GUC ensures capacity and reliability for manufacturers. The local water treatment plant, as supplied by the Tar River, has a plant capacity of 22.5 mgd, capable of meeting the needs of pharma companies.

Meeting Need for In-Demand Occupations

Greenville’s two leading educational institutions continually fill the talent pipeline with their pharmaceutical and biotechnology programs. “Much of our workforce received pharma-specific training at East Carolina University, Pitt Community College and other area institutions, so the workforce pipeline has been advantageous for us,” says Troy Woelfel, Vice President and General Manager, Greenville Operations at Metrics Contract Services.

East Carolina University (ECU) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in biomedical engineering while Pitt Community College’s (PCC) biotechnology program is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological and chemical technology.

The two institutions have come together for a one-of-a-kind collaboration, North Carolina Pharmaceutical Services Network, that provides a continuum of pharmaceutical education and training to new and existing companies in the Greenville region and beyond. ECU’s Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Center of Excellence further prepares students for pharmaceutical careers and trains existing workforce in current good manufacturing practices (cGMP).

CMP Pharma

Specialty pharmaceutical company

Metrics Contract Services

Multinational pharmaceutical company

Thermo Fisher Scientific

World leader in serving science

“With its thriving pharmaceutical sector and vibrant business climate, Greenville has been a wonderful place for us to do business for the past 25 years.”
Troy Woelfel, Vice President and General Manager, Greenville Operations
Metrics Contract Services
Recent Announcement

$55 Million Invested

Thermo Fisher Scientific is expanding its site in Greenville for sterile drug product development and commercial manufacturing of critical medicines, therapies, and vaccines. As part of the approximate $500 million investment in Greenville, about 500 new positions will be hired over in 2021 and 2022. These jobs will add to its existing workforce of more than 1,500 employees.