Processing Magazine

Pfizer moving jobs from England to Michigan

June 19, 2007

Pfizer Inc. announced it plans to move 65 jobs from Sandwich, England, to Kalamazoo, Michigan, as part of a consolidation of the drugmaker''s animal health global research operations, the Associated Press reports. The company also plans to shift up to 300 laboratory and office jobs from Richland Township, Michigan, to the Kalamazoo facility, about 10 miles away. The 2,100-acre Richland Township site, where Pfizer recently finished $50 million in upgrades, will continue to host the company''s research farm operation. Company officials said the research farm was the reason it chose to base its Veterinary Medicine Research and Development in Kalamazoo. The company said it needed to move the jobs from the farm because lab space for research there is inadequate, and it would demolish three older facilities in Richland Township. The consolidation is made possible by the pending closure of Pfizer''s human-health operation in Kalamazoo by mid-2008. The planned layoffs of about 250 workers there are part of a larger restructuring announced in January. The company said the 10,000 layoffs, including 2,400 jobs in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Kalamazoo, would reduce annual costs by up to $2 billion. Pfizer has said the Kalamazoo area would retain more than 4,000 workers, including about 3,400 at its manufacturing campus in Portage, Michigan.