Columbia laboratory to lay off 177 workers next year


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Columbia laboratory has announced plans to lay off 177
workers next year after being sold.

The Columbia Missourian reports Boyce & Bynum Pathology Laboratories disclosed how many workers would lose their jobs in a notice filed with the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The notice says the layoffs will begin in February and continue through April.

Last week, New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics announced it had signed an agreement to acquire Boyce & Bynum's assets and clinical lab business. Boyce & Bynum said in a statement that it realizes the layoffs will be ``painful'' and only made the decision after reviewing its options in a ``challenging healthcare
landscape.''

The laid off workers will be able to apply for jobs with Quest, which has more
than 45,000 employees nationwide.

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