Melville-based Nycomed US Inc., the U.S. headquarters of a Swiss company, is planning to lay off 40 Long Island employees, or about 7 percent of its Island work force, a company spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
The 40 are part of a 100-employee layoff that the pharmaceutical manufacturer plans this year in five U.S. locations, including Melville and Hicksville, and in the company’s field sales force.
Nycomed has about 580 employees on the Island.The company had previously declined to say how many Long Island workers would be affected.
“We’ve got changed dynamics in the industry,” Mindy Kirsch, vice president of human resources, said Tuesday, referring to the slow economy and mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical industry. “So we need to adapt.”
Kirsch said the company has put in place a “special severance program for everybody” but declined to divulge any details.