November 28, 2005
by David Fuller
Albany -- The Merck Chemical plant, a staple of the local workforce for over half a century, will close at the end of next year.
Workers at the Merck Flint River plant in Albany learned this morning that the facility will close by the fourth quarter of 2006.
Layoffs were announced earlier this year, but today, the 350 employees found out they will all be out of work within the next 12 months.
A Merck spokesman said discussions are underway to try to sell the plant.
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