DURHAM – Bayer Crop Science will close its Durham facility on Ellis Road by the end of 2019, following up on plans announced late last year to cut its US workforce by several thousand.

According to a layoff filed with the state of North Carolina, 184 workers were notified that their jobs will end as of Sept. 23. In a phone call with WRAL News, Darren Wallis, Vice President of Communications at Bayer, said plans are underway to potentially relocate some jobs to other Bayer facilities across the country, which could include operations in Cary, St. Louis or other locations.

A statement from the company read: “The 184 positions cited include positions that may be transitioned to St. Louis or other Bayer locations as we prepare to fulfill our longstanding plans to end our company’s temporary lease on the Ellis Road facility by Dec. 31.”

The cuts come in the wake of Bayer’s multi-billion-dollar deal to acquire Monsanto. Fallout of that merger for RTP included the moving of Bayer Cropscience’s US headquarters to St. Louis, where Monsanto was located, from RTP.

Just how many jobs will actually be lost in RTP remains to be seen since BASF a year ago disclosed plans to acquire $9 billion in assets – including some in RTP – from Bayer Crop Science. The deal included moving four facilities and more than 360 former Bayer employees into the fold of BASF’s Research Triangle Park operations.

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