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ThermaCare sale could mean additional jobs

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 4, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Procter and Gamble's sales of its ThermaCare product could mean more jobs for south Georgia.

Wyeth Consumer Healthcare closed the deal Tuesday on the purchase of P&G's Thermacare production facility in Albany and began talking with employees about changes they plan to make.

ThermaCare's nearly 70 employees won't see many changes with their benefits or work schedule upfront, but eventually they may see the line expanded under Wyeth's plan to grow the product. They plan to introduce ThermaCare to an international market including Europe and elsewhere.

"We see tremendous growth for it, it's a very good product. It's got a real place in the marketplace, we're going to put more promotion behind it. We're going to introduce some line extensions and we really think this product can grow," said Peter Bigelow, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Senior Vice President.

Wyeth representatives say ThermaCare strengthens it's pain management franchise which includes Advil.