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Merck to add 150 employees at Durham plant

Posted April 25, 2011

— A major pharmaceutical company will add 150 workers in Durham as it expands to produce chickenpox and other live-virus vaccines.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported Monday that Merck & Co.'s plant will begin producing finished Varivax, a chickenpox vaccine recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Plant manager John Wagner said the number of workers at the site should reach 600 by the end of 2011.

Merck is expanding the plant, formally known as the Maurice R. Hilleman Center for Vaccine Manufacturing, from 200,000 square feet to 270,000 square feet.

The company also has plans to add vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella to its products, as well as a shingles vaccine for adults.


Information from: The Herald-Sun


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  • no1uno Apr 26, 2011

    Don't exactly know where you all get your info from, I came here in October 2010 and they have hired around 50 before me and well over 100 people since. True the hiring process does take time, the facility has a tremendous amount of internal applicants from every site. Also, they are in the merge with Schering Plough, so we are a little busy here. And no you do not have to have a degree to get a job. They are very selective of who they do hire. At least somebody is hiring right?
    "I hope all 150 workers live over 50 miles way and gas goes to $8 a gallon by the Fall!....5 Dollar Gas Is Your Fault"
    Why? Just asking. More than 50% of the people here do. Especially since GSK, Bayer, Wyeth, have been laying everybody off. I think it is great that Merck brought these highly trained people over here instead of them living off the govmnt. Guess everyone cant be happy.

  • godnessgracious2 Apr 25, 2011

    how many aliases do you need?

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Apr 25, 2011

    OH BOY! Don't you know BEv thinks the wrost is behind her now.

    I hope all 150 workers live over 50 miles way and gas goes to $8 a gallon by the Fall!

  • HUDU Apr 25, 2011

    No it's a HVAC position. There are HVAC Tech's in the Triangle area that are well qualified. Being in the HVAC field, I interviewed for the position and so did 9 other guys that are also HVAC, NATE, CFC certified and no call backs or responses to follow-up phone calls and/or emails from Merck.

  • godnessgracious2 Apr 25, 2011

    then why do they have job posts from June 2010?

    Because they probably want somebody with 5 years experience making the vaccine they just invented last year.

  • HUDU Apr 25, 2011

    meteo...then why do they have job posts from June 2010?

  • meteo Apr 25, 2011

    HUDU, they have been hiring.

  • HUDU Apr 25, 2011

    Question is when will they ACTUAL HIRE!! Merck has jobs posted since JUNE 2010 and still have not hired. Like so many companies in the area, they have job posts and do not hire for them.