Owner of former Medrad facilities cuts 200 jobs in U.S., EU
By Mary Ann Thomas
Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 1:16 a.m.
Bayer HealthCare, which includes the former Medrad facilities in the Greater Pittsburgh area, is laying off about 200 employees in the United States and the European Union, according to a company official on Thursday afternoon.
About 75 percent of the layoffs will impact employees in the United States, including Pittsburgh, said Raymond F. Kerins Jr., a senior vice president and head of communications at Bayer Corp. in Whippany, N.J.
As of Thursday, Kerins did not have an exact number of job losses at Bayer's Pittsburgh facilities.
Medrad was purchased in 1995 by Schering AG, which was subsequently merged by Bayer Healthcare in 2006.
The layoffs are hitting the Bayer HeathCare's radiology business “following unprecedented and unexpected market changes in the U.S. and some countries in Europe,” Kerins said.
Bayer employs about 110,000 employees globally with more than 15,000 in the United States and about 2,500 in the Pittsburgh area, according to Kerins.
Bayer's Pittsburgh operations include material sciences and health care, legal and human resource divisions, and its financial arm, according to Kerins. The company's greater Pittsburgh locations include the Heilman Center for Innovation at RIDC Park in O'Hara; the Friel Center in Indiana Township; and, the Marshal Township and Saxonburg facilities.
“We have a significant presence and commitment to Pittsburgh,” he said. “We will continue to be part of the community.
“We understand that this will be a difficult time for potentially affected employees and their families,” he said. “We will work closely with them and employee representatives to make the process as smooth and considerate as possible,” Kerins said.
“Our goal is to continue providing innovative patient care to our customers in radiology despite the highly challenging market and competitive environment,” he said.
Earlier this year, the company was consolidating its medical care division and laid off about 50 employees at its former Medrad business in the United States.
Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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