Still in Jersey, but Merck moving HQ from Whitehouse Station to Summit

Merck said Tuesday morning that its cost-cutting efforts will now include closing its global headquarters building in Whitehouse Station, N.J. and moving those functions to Summit, N.J.

Though the company is staying in New Jersey, the move 25 to 30 miles east (depending on the route you drive) will mean a longer commute for some of the employees who live in Pennsylvania so they can pay less in taxes.

The company said about 2,000 employees and contractors currently situated at the Whitehouse Station will move to the facilities in Summit or to other nearby facilities such as those in Branchburg, N.J. and Cokesbury, N.J.

Merck's headquarters was in Whitehouse Station since 1992, after being in Rahway, N.J. Merck got the Summit facility when it bought Schering-Plough in 2009.

"The relocation of our headquarters will help us achieve our future vision, reduce the size of our operating footprint, and increase agility as we adapt to our changing business environment," said Kenneth C. Frazier, a Philly native and Penn State graduate who is chairman and chief executive officer of Merck.

Nothing in the announcement indicated there would be more job cuts at Merck's large facility in West Point, Montgomery County.