Quintiles Transnational formally opened its new data-processing facility in this eastern North Carolina community on Tuesday.

The international contract research organization plans to create as many as 60 jobs at the site over the next three years. The first group of 10 employees is in place, and another group is in training.

Dennis Gillings, Quintiles’ founder and chief executive officer, was on hand for the opening.

The 10,000 square-foot facility will be used primarily for data entry.

"We’ve been fortunate at Quintiles to enjoy steady growth since our founding in North Carolina 25 years ago, and that has allowed us to expand around the world as well as here in our home state,” Gillings said. “In this community, we’ve found the right infrastructure and, most importantly, the right people to help us build on our record of achievement. We’re very glad to be here."

Quintiles received a package of incentives to pick Williamston for the facility. Among those was a $120,000 One North Carolina Fund grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Such grants require a local match.

The Golden LEAF Foundation and the N.C. Rural Center also contributed funds to help Martin County land the facility.