Pfizer Hearing Is Tonight

    KALAMAZOO — Citizens of the greater Kalamazoo area will have an opportunity to voice their concerns about the economic impact of the Pfizer acquisition of Pharmacia at a public hearing tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. in the Van Deusen Room of the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St.

    Sen. Jason Allen, R-Traverse City, chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, will preside at the meeting, which will be hosted by the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    The other four members of Allen’s committee have been invited to participate and it is anticipated that the majority will be on hand to hear public input. They are Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, Sen. Michelle McManus, R-Lake Leelanau, Sen. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek, and Sen. Dennis Olshove, D-Warren.

    “Kalamazoo is a community with a highly skilled work force that has faced the loss of many jobs in the past decade,” said John T. Long, chamber president and CEO. “This hearing gives us the opportunity to articulate to state leaders what we need from them in order to maintain the tradition of excellence we enjoy in our region.”

    Sen. Tom George, R-Texas Township, who has played a pivotal role in the transition throughout the acquisition, shared his views on the upcoming hearing.

    “The gathering will give state legislators a first-hand opportunity to assess the potential impact job losses at Pfizer may have on southwest Michigan,” he said. “It will also give anyone affected by the loss of 1,400 to 2,000 jobs a chance to bend the ear of government.”

    The hearing will explore how Michigan can pursue a solid partnership for the good of the community, the state, and the continued presence of Pfizer here.

    Residents are encouraged to share their experiences on how the Pfizer acquisition has impacted them, their families, and their businesses. Community leaders have also been invited to speak on behalf of their organizations.           

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