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Abbott to close Puerto Rico manufacturing plant

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:07pm
The Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Abbott Laboratories is closing one of its manufacturing plants next year in another blow to the island's once-thriving pharmaceutical sector.

Barceloneta Mayor Wanda Soler told The Associated Press Thursday that the plant is one of several that Abbott operates in the north coastal town of Barceloneta. Abbott spokesman Scott Stoffel confirmed that the plant would cease manufacturing in mid-2015. He declined to say know how many employees work there, but Soler said it is the smallest of several plants that Abbott runs there.

The announcement comes just months after drug giants Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. announced they would phase out their operations in Barceloneta, a town of about 25,000 people.

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