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Merck plant shut down set for early 2007

August 4, 2006

Albany -- The end is near for one of Albany's biggest manufacturers and its 350 jobs. Attempts to sell Merck's Flint River plant to another drug company, hopefully saving some of those jobs failed.

Merck officials told employees today they plan a staggered shutdown of operations during the first quarter of next year. The company worked for almost a year to sell the plant to a company for continued drug production.

City leaders say the shutdown will hurt Albany's economy, but there is still time to sell the site."When they told us this a year ago they said that fourth quarter '06 would be when the production work would end, they're now telling us, expecting that work load will actually go into '07," said Chamber of Commerce president Tim Martin.

Since selling to another pharmaceutical company didn't work, local officials say they'll work with Merck to market the facility for something other than drug production.

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