Proctor & Gamble just revealed their plans to build a new factory worth $500 million in West Virginia. The last time they opened a facility was in 2011 just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. The new factory in West Virginia is going to be enormous, covering more than 1 million square feet. The goal of the facility is to improve Proctor & Gamble’s supply chain on the East Coast.
Supporting 23 different brands, Proctor & Gamble makes a variety of products for the home, including Tide detergent, Charmin toilet paper, Dawn dish detergent, Pampers diapers, and Crest toothpaste. Many of their brands have sells over $1 billion annually. However, the company declined to announce which products would be manufactured at the new facility in West Virginia.
Proctor & Gamble purchased 450 acres of vacant land, but the factory won’t come close to using all of that space. It will be a one-story facility with more than 1 million square feet. Future plans for the land have not been made public. Construction will begin this spring and the factory is scheduled to open in 2017.
700 full-time workers will be employed at the new Proctor & Gamble factory. Positions are not yet being filled, but they will need hundreds of new hires in addition to some of their transfers. This is excellent news for West Virginia’s economy. Plus, 1,000 temporary construction jobs will be made during the build phase of the factory.
Yannis Skoufalos, Global Product Supply Officer for Proctor & Gamble, said, “This investment is about the future of P&G’s entire supply chain, from sourcing raw materials to production and distribution. This will enable us to rapidly and efficiently serve retail customers and consumers throughout the eastern half of the United States.”