Corning Incorporated is to build a manufacturing facility that will create over 300 new jobs in Durham County, North Carolina, USA.

The facility will manufacture Corning’s Valor Glass and is part of the company’s plan, announced last July, to invest $500 million and create 1000 new US jobs.

The announcement follows similar Corning investments in the development and manufacturing of Valor Glass in Big Flats and Erwin, New York.

Wendell P. Weeks, Corning’s chairman, chief executive officer, and president said: “This progress is made possible by great customers like Merck and Pfizer, and the strong support that we have received from Senator Burr, Governor Cooper and the Durham County Commissioners, the White House Office of American Innovation, and FDA’s Emerging Technology Team.”

The new facility will be constructed adjacent to a Corning Life Sciences manufacturing facility, enabling the company to realise synergies between the two businesses.

It is anticipated the new facility will be operational by year-end 2019.