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Florence pharmaceutical plant employing 220 to close in 2019

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) –  Roche Carolina, a pharmaceutical plant in Florence employing about 220 people, will close in 2019, company executives confirmed Thursday.

Pete Mazzaroni, head of communications and public affairs at Roche Carolina, and company site manager Phill Adamson confirmed that by 2019, Roche Carolina will no longer be operational at its Florence plant. Mazzaroni added that initially, employees were notified the production was ramping down, and they were given an updated timeline on the plant's future on Thursday.

Back in November, the company announced that it was actively searching for a buyer, and if it couldn’t find one, it would have to slow production.

On Thursday, the 220 employees at Roche Carolina learned from company execs that they could not find a buyer, which means Roche will stop production in 2019. The plant will operate normally until that time. Affected employees will get severance pay, Mazzaroni said.

In a news release in November 2015, Roche, the world’s largest biotech company, announced plans to exit from four manufacturing sites across the globe, including the site in Florence. The Switzerland-based company stated they are seeking to minimize job reductions, and will be looking into divestment opportunities for these facilities.

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