BioMérieux cuts 100 jobs

France's BioMerieux, a company that provides diagnostic solutions to help identify the source of disease, is laying off 100 workers at a plant in Portland, OR. The company is in the process of restructuring its culture media business in the U.S. and Canada and plans to phase out the Portland site starting next year. The company inherited the site when it acquired PML Microbiologicals two years ago.

Production of prepared media products at the Portland site will end in the middle of next year, with the plant closing its doors by the end of 2011. Manufacturing of other products will be transferred to another plant in Lombard, IL. In North America, the French company said it will focus on its "chromIDTM chromogenic culture media range that includes MRSA, Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus, and other high medical value tests. The company expects to save $3 million annually with the layoffs.

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