CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) – The company that makes Aquafresh toothpaste and Tums antacid tablets is closing its Pittsburgh-area operations and cutting 274 jobs by year’s end.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Thursday that GlaxoSmithKline is closing its Moon Township facility because it’s consolidating with the company’s headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey.

That’s being done as part of the company’s merger with Novartis, a vaccine manufacturer based in Switzerland.

The company’s consumer healthcare operations near Pittsburgh have been at the current location since 2002, but the company’s presence in the Pittsburgh area goes back to 1977.

That’s when The Beecham Group bought out the Calgon Consumer Products Division of Merck & Co. to create Beecham Products.

Beecham merged with SmithKline Beckman in 1989 and the new company merged with GlaxoWellcome to form GlaxoSmithKline in 2000.

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