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Posted at 2:05 PM ET, 11/ 3/2010

Covance closing Vienna facility

By Jennifer Buske

The drug manufacturing services firm Covance will close its Vienna facility and lay off more than 200 people after more than 60 years in the community, Covance officials said Wednesday.

Melissa Thompson, spokeswoman for the company, said Covance officials notified the 220 employees at the Vienna facility Tuesday that the company will be closing its doors.

The facility in Chantilly will remain open, but Covance has withdrawn its plan to build a $175 million drug development laboratory in Prince William County, which would have housed existing employees from Northern Virginia as well as created an additional 100 jobs.

Thompson said company officials chose to close the Vienna facility because of a decline in demand in the toxicology market. The Vienna facility is one of the company’s older ones, she said, so it is more costly to maintain.

By Jennifer Buske  | November 3, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
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how nice of them to wait till right after election day to make the announcement.

there's your tax dollars at work!

Posted by: MarilynManson | November 3, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Another blow to McDonnell's business development plan.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 3, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to these laid-off folks!

Posted by: Itzajob | November 3, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Just let me Mom know about the closing; she was a study director for years at the facility. For those that remember the Ebola monkeys from two decades ago, they were her monkeys.

Good times, good times.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | November 3, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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