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VINELAND — Corning Inc. is expected to add a total of 1,000 jobs at its glass plants in the city and New York as part of a partnership with Merck and Pfizer to modernize pharmaceutical packaging.

The additional jobs at the Crystal Avenue plant will help ease the impact of the loss of 300 jobs later this year at the Progresso plant on West Elmer Avenue and increase the city’s declining ratable base, which has dropped more than $100 million in the past two years to $3.85 billion.

“This expansion will add to our tax base, provide new jobs and strengthen Vineland’s important scientific-glass manufacturing sector,” Mayor Anthony Fanucci said.

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The exact number of jobs coming to the plant in the city has not been decided, said a spokesperson for Corning, which acquired its Vineland facility in 2015.

As part of the plan, the local plant will be expanded by 26,500 square feet, said Sandy Forosisky, economic development director for the city.

Talks about the new program started last year, she said.

“They came to show us what the plan is, and they worked with the state to get a grant for the facility,” Forosisky said.

She said the city has developed a niche glass economy.

“This is great news for the community,” she said.

Ryan Middleton, co-owner of Larry II Restaurant on North Main Road, said the additional jobs are good news for a community that is bracing for the closing of the Progresso plant.

“Jobs are very important. When people lose jobs, it affects the whole community,” Middleton said. “Bringing in good jobs like these is a positive for the community.”

Corning is making an initial investment of $500 million and 1,000 jobs as the first part of a planned investment of $4 billion and 4,000 new high-tech jobs, according to the company.

“Making this next-generation product requires a new, advanced manufacturing platform, and we plan to build that platform right here in the United States,” said Wendell P. Weeks, Corning chairman, CEO and president.

On Thursday, the White House Office of American Innovation praised the plan.

“My administration is committed to streamlining the regulatory process so that it’s easier for companies to invest and innovate here in America,” said President Donald J. Trump.

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Started working in newsrooms when I was 17 years old. Spent 15 years working for Gannett New Jersey before coming to The Press of Atlantic City in April 2015.

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