Sunday, October 14, 2012

Been Off The Grid Far Too Much Lately. . . .

And so (again), I am woefully late in pointing out, as my commenters so helpfully have, before me -- that Merck is going to move HQ back to the former Animal Health old Kenilworth site of legacy Schering-Plough -- though Kenilworth was still for sale as late as year-end 2011.

Here is the best piece on it -- naturally, from Ed, at -- do go read it all.

From my commenters, much more, then too:

. . . .Condor. . . here's a follow up to Anon #1's post that is quite curious. Somerset County shouldn't care all that much about Merck's move since it sits smack between the Whitehouse/Readington and Summit locations. One would think this was the best place to be for the move. . . .

We will keep you updated -- and try to get around here to tidy the place up a little more often. I've been off on some wonderful real world adventures, of late.


Anonymous said...

I believe the HQ is moving to Summit (the Animal Health & Consumer Products site), not Kenilworth. The fortress at Whitehouse Station is done for, however, and none too soon. I also hear that MRL is moving more functions from Rahway to Kenilworth, now repurposed as a research hub.

Condor said...

Thank you so much -- you are absolutely right.

Edited the copy; thanks again.

Do stop back.


Anonymous said...

In support of Anonymous, I recently heard that the Kenilworth Town Board refused to allow Merck to subdivide the old S/P property. So, Merck cannot parse out the old building or property. I guess that will mean that more functions will be consolidated onto the Kenilworth site. I wonder which ones? Any info from insiders of Kenilworth out there?

Anonymous said...

So, I was over on the Merck job board and saw this:

Director Political Programs-POL000124


Merck is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and consumer health products, as well as animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

Merck PAC Responsibilities:

Develop innovative strategies for rolling divisional PAC solicitation programs to increase employee participation and contributions to the PAC. Work closely with each division to tailor campaigns to divisional needs; recruit, train, and manage PAC ambassadors.
Work closely with Merck PAC Contributions Committee and divisional senior management, to implement PAC membership campaign. Develop and deliver PAC membership presentations to multiple employee groups across Merck.
Develop and manage PAC communications to eligible employees, including written newsletters.
Manage PAC coordinator to develop and execute PAC activities.
Work with Government Relations staff to review candidate requests for support and develop strategies to maximize the effectiveness of Merck Pac federal contributions.
Identify and manage PAC consultants
Grassroots Responsibilities:

Work with Government Relations staff to determine grassroots needs and develop and implement appropriate programs to educate and mobilize employees in support of legislative objectives.
Work with Government Relations staff to arrange Congressional site visits for members of Congress/staff and build relationships between plant managers and constituent members of Congress. Develop and maintain relationships with plan managers and other key contacts at Merck’s major facilities and maintain up-to-date constituent lists.
Write articles for internal publications relating to Congressional site visits and grassroots activities.
Government Relations:

Serve as member of lobbying team
Develop and maintain relationships with members and their staff. Educate members and staff on issues of importance to Merck.
Provide liaison and point of contact relationship for in-district Congressional staff

I guess just another example of how 'wrong' Citizen's United is/was?!