Quest To Cut 70 Jobs In Wallingford, Move 70 More to Massachusetts

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Quest Diagnostics told employees Monday that it will eliminate 70 jobs at its Wallingford lab and move another 70 from that location to a new regional facility in Marlborough, Mass., but the moves won’t happen for at least 18 months.

Quest will have three new, smaller labs in Connecticut and will maintain its network of 90 customer service locations around the state, a spokeswoman said.

The moves are part of a new way of organizing labs for Quest, the Madison, N.J.-based medical testing firm with $7.4 billion in yearly sales, by far the industry’s largest. Quest will generally rely on smaller labs, but it will have large, regional labs such as the one in Marlborough, which will serve all of New England.

“This model is designed to provide highly responsive, innovative and comprehensive diagnostic services to physicians and patients everywehere in the state,” Quest spokeswoman Wendy Bost said.

We won’t know until the end of 2014 whether that’s corporate double-talk designed to cover up for a cutback, or a real strategy change.  Services will remain transparent for customers but either way, Connecticut appears to be the loser and central Massachusetts the winner when it comes to jobs.

Wallingford could become one of the three smaller lab sites, Bost said — that decision hasn’t happened yet. She didn’t immediately know how many employees now work at the Wallingford lab.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, whose 3rd district includes Wallingford, said she is eager to work with Quest to keep medical laboratory jobs in southern Connecticut.

“I am extremely disappointed that Quest Diagnostics will be closing their Wallingford laboratory. Keeping good, high-skilled jobs in Connecticut has been, still is and always will be a top priority of mine,” DeLauro said in a written statement.

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23 thoughts on “Quest To Cut 70 Jobs In Wallingford, Move 70 More to Massachusetts

  1. Connecticut is Circling the Drain

    Connecticut is open for business. Just ask our dimwit Governor.

  2. alan

    The only people I know who are comfortable in Conn are those on the public payroll. When you lose medical lab jobs to another state? STEM jobs? To Massachusetts? Incredible

    1. walls

      You forgot to mention those on the public dole … the gimmedats.

      Foodstamps? Gimmedat.
      Section 8? Gimmedat.
      Obamaphone? Gimmedat too.
      Free medical care? Yes, gimmedat.

      1. alan

        actually in Conn the gimmedats are mostly public employees. Our 53 yr old fire chief just retired with a 95k pension and 90k unused sick time. I looked at ctsunlight.org and found a neighbor(retired park ranger, no more than 55) gets 65k pension, and a husband/wife teacher combo(tanned 60 at most, summer house on cape) have a pension(combined of 118k).

  3. Connecticut is Circling the Drain

    Its a sad commentary when we begin to lose jobs to Mass. It demonstrates just how off the charts liberal this state has become.

  4. DR

    Yet anothe story of good paying jobs leaving the state for greener pastures.

    CT continues to lose good jobs while adding low-wage/part-time jobs.

    However, the state gets what it deserves – any state that votes for the Dems over and over again, despite their years of failure, should expect this.

  5. Mike

    Wait, taxes are higher in Mass, but the are moving jobs there? May be it has to do with saving money by consolidating resources. Smart business move.

    1. Connecticut is Circling the Drain

      Gee Mike, I wonder why they didn’t consolidate in Connecticut. Smart business move.

  6. LOBmole

    Maybe some of you brain-dead commentaters show use your noggin to ask, why would Quest leave? Could it be the fact that some of the healthcare providers have stopped using them? Quest has informed me that my provider no longer covers their charges and I am libel for extra charges. As far as high-paying jobs, I’m not so sure those people are well paid. They can’t even take blood out of your arm without it becoming black & blue. I notice that I have a different technician every time I go to one of their offices – big turnover! They are leaving because they lost the business. I now go to another service.

    1. raul

      LOB
      “They can’t even take blood out of your arm without it becoming black & blue.”

      I your quest to demean others you forgot to read the 1st sentence.Read the article,brain dead, its not talking about the techs in the lab drawing the blood its talking about the processing lab,
      “70 jobs at its Wallingford lab”

    2. Connecticut is Circling the Drain

      @LOBmole: Its “liable,” not “libel.” Its “commentators,” not “commentaters.”

      Learn how to spell before you call others brain dead there Jethro.

  7. Gman

    And CT never lost a job when we had corrupt Repbulicans running the state? You seem to have simple and stupid minds.

  8. Gman

    CT is too liberal? Massachusetts more liberal…Nice argument. whine whine whine, boo hoo hoo.

    1. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.

      You couldn’t be a pimple on a real Gman’s ass. I’m staying in Connecticut just to annoy libtards like you.

  9. B

    The only reason most are still in CT is because they get free section 8,get free phones,get free food stamps,get free health insurance and whatever the state hands out as a reward for saying they “cant work” Who pays for these free handouts while those who get them live the good life? Those who do work and after deductions from taxes and over priced health insurance, have just enough left to keep bill collectors from harassing them at work.

  10. Old capitalist

    Scorecard, last few months (as reported in the media)

    Job cuts:
    Warnaco-208; Southern Air-115; Met Life-650; UTC Power-170; Quest-140; 454 Life Sciences -60; ATT-27; Coca-Cola -30; US post Office -1,200

    Job Gains:
    Lego +65; Best Market +100; various state aided businesses’ over NEXT 5 years +300

    “Better yet – goodbye Connecticut.” (altered slogan reflecting reality)

  11. BenOfBerlin

    And their still advertising for help in all the job posting websites DOL included
    And the bum on the town green is cheating the system huh?

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