Mt. Pleasant company lays off workers as expansion plans lag

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - A biotechnology company that planned to create 120 jobs in South Carolina has laid off its workers as its expansion stalled.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Thursday that GenPhar has laid off its 15 employees in Mount Pleasant.

Company president and chief executive Dr. John Dong blamed the town for the delay. Dong says the town is applying rules for office buildings to his scientific research center that would make vaccines.

GenPhar said in March 2007 it would create the jobs when expanded by May 2008.

Mount Pleasant building official Lee Cave says he wants to know where the drywall originated. Chinese drywall was linked last year to construction problems and possible health effects.

Dong says the drywall came from Hong Kong and the type is required by the Food and Drug Administration.

Information from: The Post and Courier,

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