Two of the four economic development projects officials were trying to lure to Sanford and Lee County have chosen other locations.
“The other two are still active,” Jimmy Randolph, chief executive officer for the Sanford Area Growth Alliance, said Tuesday.
He announced the developments Monday at a joint meeting of Sanford, Lee County and Broadway officials.
The largest of the four projects, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, has chosen the Research Triangle Park area where its home office is located, Randolph said.
Fujifilm announced its decision last week, he said.
Fujifilm would have brought a $1.8 billion taxable investment and about 700 news jobs with an average wage of $110,000.
The second company, Taysha Gene Therapies, based in Dallas, has decided to locate its expanded operation in Durham, Randolph said.
SAGA officials said Taysha would provide at least $75 million in taxable investment and 200 jobs with an average wage of $100,000.
“We were very disappointed we’re not still in the game here,” Randolph said, although he noted the county is still being considered for two other development projects.
One is a building products manufacturer, which is projected to create 300 new jobs with an annual wage of $46,500 over five years, according to SAGA. It would provide at least $7.5 million in investment.
The other is a life-science manufacturer that would provide at least $75 million in taxable investment and 200 jobs.
Randolph also updated Sanford and Lee County representatives on the search to replace Michael Smith, SAGA’s economic developer director. Smith said they plan to begin advertising for the position Friday and hope to hire someone by mid-March.
Smith has been chosen as president of Chatham County Economic Development Corp. He will be moving into that position later this month.