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Procter & Gamble recently announced that it will build a new manufacturing plant in West Virginia’s Berkeley County. The new facility is just the second manufacturing location that the company has built in the United States since 1971 and represents an investment of approximately $500 million.
The plant, which will be located just south of Martinsburg, will occupy more than 1 million square feet. During the construction phase, approximately 1,000 workers will be employed. Company officials expect more than 700 permanent employees will staff the plant when it opens its doors in 2017.
The new multi-category manufacturing plant is part of a redesign of P&G's North American supply network. The West Virginia location positions P&G to utilize its new distribution center network in the eastern part of the United States, which includes facilities in Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
"This will enable us to rapidly and efficiently serve retail customers and consumers throughout the eastern half of the United States, reaching 80 percent of them within one-day transit," said Yannis Skoufalos, Procter & Gamble's global product supply officer. "We look forward to working with our new partners in West Virginia, as well as being a good corporate citizen in the region for many years to come."
The new manufacturing facility will be P&G's 30th plant in the United States. The company also has operations in approximately 70 countries.
For more information, visit www.pg.com.