Bayer HealthCare on Thursday said it plans to sell some of its St. Joseph facilities along with several selected farm animal brands made there.
The company has about 135 employees in St. Joseph.
Bayer said the divestment does not include two dog and cat dermatology brands. A distribution center also is not affected.
Production of the dermatology brands will be shifted to Bayer HealthCare’s operation in Shawnee, which has about 540 employees. The Shawnee complex also serves as headquarters for Bayer’s animal health division.
The company said in a statement that the “divestment is not related to the performance of our employees at the St. Joseph site, who consistently show dedication to their work. … It’s about focusing our resources to align with Bayer HealthCare’s overall business and production strategy.”
Bayer said it would have more information later on the divestment process.
The company also operates a crop science facility in Kansas City that has about 800 employees, including about 200 contract workers.