Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is investing nearly $6 million in a new 90,000-square-foot facility in Petaluma, Calif., as it consolidates its injection molding of plastic components for research and medical labs.
The Waltham, Mass.-based company recently told 130 employees at its Hudson, N.H., molding plant that work at that facility will be moved gradually to Petaluma by June. Karen Kirkwood, vice president of communications, said the plant makes such items as pipettes and small containers.
The Petaluma plant should be operating by the end of this year and also will consolidate work currently done in four smaller buildings in the Petaluma area. Overall, the California plant should employ about 150 people by mid-2010, Kirkwood said.
The consolidation is designed to gain efficiencies and make the firm more competitive. Thermo Fisher is investing in new machinery, but officials would not provide details.
The company is working with local and state agencies to help Hudson employees find new work and has an internal job-posting system for employees to apply at other facilities.
Thermo Fisher will continue to have a strong presence in New Hampshire, Kirkwood said, and will still employ about 800 people in the state after the Hudson facility closes.
The company has a distribution site in Hudson and has other sites around the state.
Thermo Fisher employs about 35,000 employees worldwide.
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