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BASF layoffs in RTP to begin in June

Gus Zimmerman, working in Greenhouse #7, prepares to pollinate transgenic corn in one of the new greenhouse bays at the BASF facility on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Gus Zimmerman, working in Greenhouse #7, prepares to pollinate transgenic corn in one of the new greenhouse bays at the BASF facility on Thursday, August 29, 2013. clowenst@newsobserver.com

The restructuring of BASF’s Plant Science Division could impact as many as 190 positions in Research Triangle Park.

In a notice sent Friday to the state Department of Commerce, BASF said the total number of people being laid off is likely to be only 106, since affected employees are being given the opportunity to apply for other open positions with the company.

The layoffs in RTP are in line with estimates that BASF made in February when it said it planned to eliminate 350 positions worldwide in its Plant Science division, which has its headquarters in the park.

The layoffs in RTP will be staggered over a series of months, with 9 employees being let go on June 30 and 14 positions on July 31.

BASF employs roughly 1,000 people in RTP. The bulk of the jobs being eliminated are scientists.

Under the restructuring, the company’s research and field sites in RTP, Iowa, Germany, Belgium and Brazil will all remain open but will be reduced in size. Sites in India and Puerto Rico are to be closed.

The restructuring is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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