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Rest of Centralia Animal Disease Lab to Close December 31st

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The portion of the Centralia Animal Disease Lab still open will close December 31st.  Illinois Department of Agriculture spokesman Jeff Squibb says drought related work has now been completed and all other types of testing have been discontinued or moved to the Galesburg Animal Disease Lab.  

"The four remaining employees at the lab have been given notice that the lab will shut down officially December 31st.  So the process begins whereby those employees will be first given the opportunity to fill vacancies within the Department of Agriculture, and then if they choose not to take advantage of one of those positions, then they would be given the opportunity to fill vacancies in other state agencies", said Squibb.  

As far as the future of the building adjacent to Kaskaskia College.  "The department of central management services and property management will be in charge of putting the building on the market and selling it to a new occupant", said Squibb.  

Centralia Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Kelsheimer says efforts to save the lab ended when most of the equipment was moved out.  He says the city would be very interested in helping the state find a new user for the building.   

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