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Abbott lays off 400 workers amid drop in demand for COVID-19 tests

July 9, 2021

What a difference a year makes for Abbott’s COVID-19 testing business. Abbott in May 2020 announced it was expanding its Maine workforce to Westbrook to ramp up production of rapid coronavirus test kits by leasing a former sporting goods distribution center that would employ about 1,200 workers. Now, the company is laying off about 300 full-time employees in Westbrook and another 100 in Scarborough.

The Scarborough and Westbrook sites “will continue to play an important role in manufacturing tests for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases around the world,” the spokesperson said.

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