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Local officials excited by Perrigo news
ALLEGAN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – While some expressed disappointment with the news of Perrigo moving its headquarters to Ireland, others were excited about the news.
Both the city and county, who also learned the news on Monday that Perrigo, which was founded in Allegan, will move its headquarters to Dublin, say the move is a good one for everyone in West Michigan.
“I think it’s great that more and more people are learning about the presence Perrigo has on the overall health care industry,” said Allegan County Administrator Rob Sarro.
With 4,000 employees at its current headquarters in Allegan, the economic impact the 150 year old company has had is too high to count.
“If Perrigo left here, it would basically be like the auto industry leaving Detroit,” said Allegan Mayor Betty McDaniel. “It’s our main business.”
Perrigo says it won’t be laying any workers off, and will even be hiring more in West Michigan. The company announced 650 jobs in Allegan and Holland Charter Township in 2013 and promising continued investment in city and county projects.
“You can just see all the building going on around here,” said McDaniel “This building is fairly new, I think it’s really exciting to have them expanding and we’re all looking forward to that.”
Even though Perrigo’s headquarters will be moving overseas, the world’s largest over-the-counter drug manufacturer will continue to make its products at its founding site in Allegan.
“We know the plans and acquisitions they make are only going to benefit southwest Michigan in the long run,” said Sarro.
The County Administrator tells Newschannel 3 that the taxes they collect as a county from Perrigo won’t be impacted because they’re collected based on the company’s property.