Pfizer begins shut-down process at Durham site

Posted April 21, 2010

— Drug giant Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) filed notice Tuesday with the North Carolina Department of Commerce that it will begin eliminating jobs at a research and development site in Durham.

The announcement is the latest step in a global restructuring of research and development networks, spokesman Rick Chambers said.

In November, Pfizer announced plans to close both the Durham site acquired from Wyeth and an R&D operation in Sanford.

“Pfizer has been undergoing restructuring activities in connection with its recent acquisition of Wyeth,” said Michel Danis, senior director of human resources for Pfizer, wrote in the WARN letter filed with the state.

WARN, which stands for “Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification,” must be filed 60 days before plant closings or layoffs.

“These restructuring activities are occurring in various operations and are impacting sites and operations around the world,” Danis wrote.

In all, about 90 people work for Pfizer in Durham, Chambers said. All of those jobs will be eliminated over time, but each of the employees will have the opportunity to bid for positions at other Pfizer locations, he said.

Pfizer is also offering job search counseling and severance packages to the Durham employees, Chambers said.

Pfizer also operates a Poultry Health Division in RTP that employs some 165 people and a 325,000-square-foot plant in Sanford primarily to make components for its pediatric vaccine Prevnar. About 1,000 people work at that plant. Neither of those locations is targeted in the reorganization.


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  • Eduardo1 Apr 21, 2010

    Census jobs and McDonalds now hiring!!
    Also with the layoffs, probably summer jobs picking up scraps at the beach area
    Pfizer has plenty of opportunity in its San Juan PR plant

    change is great according to the Czar & foot-in-mouth Biden.

  • Mid-Rd Apr 21, 2010

    All Pharma companies are facing major financial challenges due to patient expiration, external pressures to reduce costs and slow development of new products. Pfizer has one of the biggest challenges of the major companies.

  • Nunya123 Apr 21, 2010

    Grandpeople-you have actual proof that that is what he would have done or are you trying to make another moronic, right wing, baseless, factless statement that we are all so used to now?

  • Nunya123 Apr 21, 2010

    Sorry Baracus, misunterstood your post as meaning it had every thing to do with trends in the economy. My mistake.

  • wheelercb59 Apr 21, 2010

    shut em all down, we need change

  • meh2 Apr 21, 2010

    Funny how the cost of the war is brought up by liberals, but there is no mention of the huge deficit being incurred by Obama. Don't worry, we can inflate our way out of that debt, right?

  • DisgustedNC Apr 21, 2010

    I hope they don't close that Sanford site. It'd be a big blow to the area and the workers there.

  • elcid liked Ike Apr 21, 2010

    "Typical Pfizer...they will soon close down all operations here and move it all up north."

    Not typical Pfizer. Typical ANY company in a merger. This is simply what happens in mergers. Pfizer bought Wyeth and gets to decide what parts of Wyeth it feels are useful to it and which ones it doesn't want. This would have happened regardless of the state of the economy.

  • baracus Apr 21, 2010

    cantstandgoloanymore - I thought I was agreeing with you that these job cuts and any weakness in Pfizer's business have been in the works for a while.

  • Joani P. Apr 21, 2010

    Pfizer in Sanford has been laying off since the take over begin! Some people have gotten jobs in Clayton and HollySprings at other Pharmaceutical Companies. Wish all of them luck!