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August 2, 2011
Merck Moving Research From Rahway?
I've heard from more than one person that Merck has decided to move most discovery research out of Rahway (in favor of the former Schering-Plough site in Kenilworth). Details are welcome in the comments from those with better information. That news does bring on end-of-an-era feelings, since they've been doing medicinal chemistry in Rahway for a long, long time. Kenilworth - well, I joined Schering-Plough when it was still in Bloomfield, and I remember the Kenilworth building site when it was a huge hole in the ground. We migrated into it (the building, not the hole) at the end of 1992, in a massive moving job that involved several convoys of 18-wheel trucks going down a partially-closed-off Garden State Parkway in the middle of the night.
The move had to be done; Bloomfield was at the limits of its capacity. And while it was nice to move into a completely new facility, I realized as time went on that Bloomfied had had charms of its own that I hadn't recognized at the time. But I left Kenilworth in 1997, when the building was comparatively new, so no doubt it's acquired some character by now. Do they still have the stark white socialist-realist statue of Sir Derek Barton down in the lobby?
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