Boyce & Bynum Pathology Laboratories will lay off 177 Columbia workers in 2019, according to a notice to the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
The Columbia-based laboratory clinic was acquired by Quest Diagnostics, a New Jersey-based laboratory diagnostics company, on Nov. 27.
The layoffs will occur during a 14-day period beginning Feb. 8, 2019. Further layoffs will take place during March and April, according to the notice. Those laid off will be able to apply for employment with Quest Diagnostics.
The lab, located on 200 Portland St. in Columbia, was required by federal law to release the notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988. The act requires companies to notify employees 60 days before layoffs affecting more than 50 employees occur.
Boyce & Bynum was first established in Columbia in 1965 and has 13 locations throughout the state. Six are in Columbia. It wasn’t mentioned in the notice whether layoffs will also occur at the other facilities.
Other aspects of the company — the anatomic pathology division, long-term care division and Boyce & Bynum Pathology Professional Services Inc. — aren’t included in the deal with Quest Diagnostics.