Hundreds of new jobs coming to Pitt County

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Republican Governor Pat McCrory was in Greenville Friday to announce hundreds of new jobs.

The visit follows a vote Friday morning by the Pitt County Commissioners to give money to a business that plans to add at least 488 new jobs and invest $160 million over the next five years.

Those jobs are at Patheon/DSM Pharmaceuticals.

The Pitt County Commissioners voted to give an unnamed business a $500,000 grant along with $40,000 in supplements, contingent upon the aforementioned jobs being created and money being invested. The vote was approved, with commissioners being told there would be between 400 and 500 new jobs, with an average pay of $50,000.

In August, Patheon and DSM Pharmaceuticals announced its new name and partnership. Patheon is a combination of DSM and Patheon out of Durham. Currently, there are more than 1,200 employees at the Greenville site.

We're told Patheon is 51% of the partnership and that DSM is 49%. When the new partnership was announced in August, the company had no comment on new job opportunities.