Granholm, others fight to keep Pfizer, jobs in Kalamazoo

Published 1:28 am Monday, April 14, 2003

By Staff
KALAMAZOO -- Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm and local Kalamazoo County leaders will formally present the state and local business case to retain and grow the county's Pharmacia operations today, April 14.
A press conference was scheduled at 3 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Ballroom, 100 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo.
In July 2002, Pfizer announced plans to acquire Pharmacia Corp.
Following the acquisition announcement, Pfizer Chairman Hank McKinnell announced plans to achieve at least $2.5 billion in savings through the Pharmacia acquisition.
When the acquisition is finalized, Michigan will be home to roughly 8,500 Pfizer workers, including 6,300 Pharmacia employees in Kalamazoo County. Since the acquisition was announced, a team of local and state leaders has been actively working to educate Pfizer officials on the benefits and growth potential of the Kalamazoo County locations.