Bethlehem region courts vaccine jobs

December 22, 2008 10:02:26 AM PST
As vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur considers moving hundreds of jobs to suburban Bethlehem, area officials are putting wheels in motion to try to encourage the move.

Lehigh County commissioners voted Wednesday in favor of granting the company a 10-year tax abatement. The measure would expand a Keystone Opportunity Zone in Upper Saucon Township.

The proposal also needs approval from the township and the Southern Lehigh School District, even though they would face losing some property tax revenue in return for bringing the area an expected 200 jobs.

Upper Saucon is one of a number of possible areas Sanofi Pasteur is looking at to relieve crowding at its outgrown Poconos campus at Swiftwater. With 600 employees using temporary trailer facilities, the company wants to relocate several hundred jobs.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com


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