Procter & Gamble announced on February 10 that it will build a multi-category manufacturing facility in West Virginia as part of a redesign of its company’s North American supply network.
“This new plant will leverage economies of scale and standardized manufacturing platforms to P&G’s advantage by allowing us to produce multiple brands at one strategic location,” said Yannis Skoufalos, P&G’s Global Product Supply Officer.
The plant, which opens in 2016, will be one of the most advanced and sustainable plants among P&G’s global manufacturing and supply-chain operations, the company said. It will employ 700.
The more than one million square-foot facility represents an investment of approximately $500 million and will produce multiple P&G brands when it is fully operational. This will be P&G’s first plant in West Virginia and only its second new site in the U. S. since 1971.
The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia also positions P&G to utilize its new distribution center network, which includes large 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% of them within one-day transit,” added Skoufalos. “This investment is about the future of P&G’s entire supply chain from sourcing raw materials to production and distribution,” said Mr. Skoufalos. “It integrates our valued external business partners and contractors as well as P&G employees.
Currently, P&G’s U. S. operations include 29 plants in 21 states.