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Charles River Laboratories announces stopping of operations in Portage

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan company is closing, putting dozens of people out of work.

Charles River Laboratories just notified the State of Michigan that it will be stopping operations at its facility in Portage this May.

Charles River is a research facility that aids in the development of new theraputics for certain patients.

The company says the shutdown will happen in phases, with the final closing in fall.

More than 80 employees could be affected by the move.