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Health products manufacturing has become an important asset to North Carolina’s economy. A study commissioned by the North Carolina Health Products Manufacturers Association surveyed fourteen manufacturing firms which produce pharmaceuticals or medical devices. These firms are attractive because they offer high wages, increasing employment opportunities and largely pollution-free production processes.
A chance meeting in Texas in 1897 between two traveling salesmen from the state, Fairleigh Dickinson and Maxwell Becton, led to the founding of Becton Dickinson & Company, one of the nation's largest medical-supply firms.