February 16, 2018

Wallingford drugmaker laying off 107 more workers

As drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) winds down operations in Wallingford by the end of the year, the company has informed the state that it will layoff 107 workers by April 3.

In Dec. 2016, the company announced it would close up shop entirely at its 5 Research Parkway operations, where at the time it employed about 700 people. The Connecticut Department of Labor notice detailing the layoffs this week includes 53 clinical managers and a wide variety of other jobs at the facility.

Today, there are about 400 employees on-site, said spokesperson Lisa McCormick Lavery.

Lavery said she couldn't provide the total number of layoffs to date because some workers have transitioned to other company-owned sites. There were about 29 layoffs recently through January.

The firm will be operating in Wallingford through Dec. 2018, she said. The lease has an end-date of Dec. 31.

Despite closing in Connecticut, the company has said it would invest in new construction in Lawrenceville and New Brunswick, N.J.; and continue to expand its Devens, Mass., biologics campus. It is also expanding in Cambridge and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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