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Magazine: N.C. has best business climate

North Carolina has the best business climate in the county, according to the November issue of Norcross, Ga.-based Site Selection magazine.

The ranking is based on the number of new and expanded facilities as well as a survey of corporate site selectors and real estate executives.

Site Selection also ranked North Carolina second among all states for the number of new plants, up from seventh in 2009. Mark Arend, Site Selection editor in chief, said there’s been 129 new and expanded facilities announced in North Carolina, some of which might not come to fruition for years, he said.

Among the capital-investment projects announced in 2010 for the state was Siemens Energy, which in March said it will expand its Charlotte facilities and add more than 820 jobs. The company announced it would bring its nuclear instrumentation and control group to Charlotte from the Atlanta area. Siemens also announced last year that it will add 139 jobs to Wake County related to smart-grid technology.

Novo Nordisk, maker of medical devices, and precision-plastics maker Nypro Inc. will invest a combined $161 million and create 241 jobs in Johnston and Buncombe counties.

Site Selection magazine is published by Conway Data Inc.

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