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Diagnostic Equipment Plant To Close

March 24, 1999

OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) _ Moving to consolidate some operations, Bayer Diagnostics plans to close its medical equipment research office and manufacturing plant in Oberlin within two years, affecting 375 workers.

Bayer’s Chiron Diagnostics unit will offer 90 researchers transfers to Tarrytown, N.Y., by the end of the year, the company announced Tuesday.

The company will offer transfers elsewhere to manufacturing employees and expects to transfer its production operations to Dublin, Ireland, by 2001. The Oberlin plant is located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland.

Rolf Classon, president of Bayer Diagnostics, said it was necessary to create a single production facility for large diagnostic medical instruments.

Chiron Diagnostics makes diagnostic equipment for the medical industry. Bayer Diagnostics is owned by Bayer Group, which is a $31 billion chemical and pharmaceutical company based in Leverkusen, Germany.

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