Genzyme has officially started construction on a facility based in Northborough. This is good news for the area because it most likely will mean new jobs. The project already is bringing jobs for construction workers just to renovate an existing facility on Forbes Road. According to the Worcester Business Journal 165 workers will be transferred here from the Framingham and Allston plants.
There were some reports that these would be new hires but they are transfers with expected additional hires of between 30-50. Unemployment numbers were reported by the Mass Executive Office of Labor that show Massachusetts unemployment rose to 9.1 percent from 8.8 percent in July. So every job that can be created will help.
Genzyme has been under pressure all year with the biggest challenge coming from the contamination of their Allston plant back in June. The contamination of the plant caused it to have be shut down so that it could be thoroughly sterilized. It also caused a delay in the production of Cerezyme and Fabrazyme which forced patients to have to adjust their use of the medicine.
The plant has since put back on line and the Globe is reporting that the new boss Sandra E. Poole seems to be determined to make sure these types of things don’t happen again. Expanding their operations in Framingham and Northborough seems to be a step in the right direction.