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Thermo Fisher to Cut 130 Jobs in Facility Consolidation

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Thermo Fisher Scientific plans to close one of its medical device production facilities in Nashua, NH, by June, 2010, resulting in around 130 layoffs, the company said on Friday.

The facility makes plastic parts for use in research and medical labs, including pipettes, tubing, and plates. The company said this plan will not affect its other Hudson facility, located on Friar's Drive.

The measure is part of a plan that will consolidate some production in a new facility that the firm is building in Petaluma, Calif.

"The decision was made as a result of a strategic review of current and projected customer needs, capacity of existing Thermo Fisher manufacturing facilities and opportunities to increase efficiency; it is not a reflection on the quality and efficiency of work conducted by the employees in Hudson," the company said in a statement.

Thermo Fisher also said that it is working with the affected employees and is encouraging them to apply for positions in other parts of the company.

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