Pharmaceutical company closes plant in Costa Rica

Merck Sharp & Dohme will close their manufacturing plant located in Pavas at the end of this year.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 reports: "The move will leave some 104 people jobless."

Irene Arguedas, communications manager at the American company, said that the decision is part of a plan to reduce costs, and improve efficiency and competitiveness."

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Another Food Industry Company Leaves Costa Rica

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Mondelēz International is closing its operations causing businesses in the productive sector to reaffirm their concern over the country's loss of competitiveness.

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry:

CACIA receives with concern news of Mondelez plant closure

Korean Maquila in Nicaragua Closes

April 2009

Yu Jin is the second textile company closing during the course of 2009 in Nicaragua, leaving at least 500 people unemployed.

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Cone Denim Textile Factory Closes in Nicaragua

March 2009

The closing of the U.S. company because of the economic crisis sends 800 workers to the ranks of the unemployed.

The company, which had announced a temporary closing for a couple of weeks, requested a temporary closing of 14 months from the Ministry of Labor.

The website published: "The board of directors of Cone Denim Nicaragua, located in Ciudad Sandino, confirmed the information through a press release in which they explained that the decision to close operations in the country was made due to the global economic crisis and the slowdown in the supply chain."

Guatemalan Employers Foresee More Layoffs

March 2009

The survey conducted by Manpower shows that 7 out of 10 companies have frozen hiring and that 1 in 10 are planning staff reductions.

According to what was published in, the Manpower "Employment Expectation Survey" revealed: "Only 12% of the 620 employers surveyed plan to hire staff during the April-June quarter against 13% that anticipate layoffs, a net tendency of -1%.

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