Cambridge Biotech Corp. laid off 25 workers in Rockville yesterday and said more layoffs were expected as the company moves most of its manufacturing to Ireland and Massachusetts.
In all, the company's work force in Rockville is expected to be reduced by more than 80 people, Cambridge Biotech said. Until yesterday, 130 people were employed there.
"The facility will be basically shut down or have a much smaller staff a year from now," said Gary Bouchard, treasurer of the Worcester, Mass.-based company, which makes diagnostic tests for infectious diseases and supplies drug companies with an agent that improves the productivity of vaccines.
A small number of employees -- about 15 or 20 -- will be offered jobs in Worcester and Ireland, where the company has just expanded its manufacturing.
Mr. Bouchard said the consolidation of the manufacturing out of state has been coming since Biotech Research Technologies Inc., a Rockville company, merged with Cambridge Bioscience Corp. of Worcester in 1990. The new company is based in Worcester.
Many of the employees who will be laid off, including 25 who lost their jobs yesterday, are laboratory technicians who would likely be able to find work in the corrider of biotech companies and federal laboratories in Montgomery County and Washington, Mr. Bouchard said.