Thermo Fisher Scientific is investing nearly $6m in a new 90,000 square feet facility in Petaluma, California, as it consolidates its injection moulding of plastic components for research and medical labs
The US company, which has about 35,000 employees in its worldwide operations, recently told 130 employees at its Hudson, New Hampshire, moulding plant that work at its facility will be moved to Petaluma by June 2010. According to Karen Kirkwood, vice president of communications for Thermo Fisher, the plant makes such items as pipettes and small containers. She said that the Petaluma plant was being built to consolidate work that is currently done in four smaller buildings in the Petaluma area. Work will be shifted from the local buildings to the new plant and it should be fully operational by the end of 2009. The Hudson work will be gradually shifted during 2010. Overall, the California plant should employ about 150 people by mid-2010, according to Kirkwood. She said that effort was to make the company more competitive and to gain efficiencies with the work all in one plant. Thermo Fisher is investing in new machinery, but declined to provide details. Kirkwood said that the company is working with local and state agencies to help the Hudson employees find new work. It also has an internal job posting system whereby employees can apply at other facilities. Kirkwood said that Thermo Fisher will continue to have a strong presence in New Hampshire and will still employ about 800 people in the state after the Hudson facility closes. It also has a distribution site in Hudson as well other sites around the state.