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Pharma Pac lays off rest of workers; could end up owing state

DEKALB — A Kemper County drugmaker has laid off most of its remaining employees, making it likely that it will shut down while owing the state economic development money.

A notice filed with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security reports Pharma Pac laid off 84 employees from its DeKalb facility on March 7.

Kemper County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Craig Hitt says about 20 former employees were hired back on a temporary basis to close out the business.

Pharma Pac is required under an agreement giving it $500,000 from the state to employ 179 people through Sept. 30.

Hitt says his group is trying to find new tenants for two buildings. One is owned by Kemper County and the other is owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

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