The company is transferring operations of its Transplant Diagnostics business in Brown Deer to an existing facility in Canoga Park, Calif.
In a statement, the company said:
"This move consolidates operations of the company's Transplant Diagnostics business into a single site in North America. The company expects the transfer to be completed by the end of 2015…This decision is not a reflection on the quality of work of our employees in Brown Deer. We recognize that this will be a challenging and difficult period for the 54 employees who are affected, and we will do everything possible to support them through the transition. This includes identifying potential opportunities in other Thermo Fisher businesses, assisting employees in finding jobs outside the company and providing competitive severance benefits. Most importantly, we are committed to timely communication and treating employees with dignity and respect. It is important to note that Thermo Fisher operations in Wisconsin supporting other product lines are not directly impacted by this decision."
The company said the facility, at 9099 N. Deerbrook Trail, will close by Dec. 31, 2015, and employees will be terminated over the course of the next 18 months, with the first set of terminations occurring by Dec. 31, 2014.
The company said some of the employees will be offered the opportunity to transfer to other facilities prior to the Brown Deer facility's closing.
Waltham, Mass.-based Thermo Fisher makes analytical instruments, equipment, reagents and software for the science industry. According to the company website, it has 50,000 employees in 50 countries. The company was created in 2006 by the merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific.