Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson expressed her disappointment following the announcement that pharmaceutical giant Merck has decided to shutter its Summit campus, where approximately 1,800 Merck employees work.
“From our perspective, it is obviously disappointing that Merck has decided to consolidate its operations to the Kenilworth campus," said Dickson. "The impact of Merck leaving will be felt throughout Summit. The company has been a good neighbor and contributed positively to the community.”
The news comes as a blow to the city after it was announced nearly one year ago that Merck would move its global headquarters to Summit. Despite Tuesday's news, Dickson remained confident.
“The Summit campus is a highly desirable location and never stays available for long. We are optimistic that Merck’s departure will be another company's gain," she said.