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Procter & Gamble Begins $500 Million Expansion In Berkeley County, West Virginia

Procter & Gamble started construction on the company’s new $500 million facility at Tabler Station in Berkeley, County, West Virginia. The facility will be located in the state’s Eastern Panhandle. The plant will employ 300 full-time P&G employees when it opens in 2017 and ramp up to 700 by the time it is fully operational in 2019.

According to state officials, P&G said four factors made West Virginia the most attractive location: the local labor force, proximity to East Coast population centers, infrastructure, and low business costs.

The construction period will take about two years and will focus on facilities and utilities on the 458-acre site. It is expected to create more than 1,000 construction jobs. The Tabler Station plant will manufacture products in different categories at a single site as part of a supply chain network redesign, enabling it to respond more quickly to demand from retail customers.

“Today is a historic day for West Virginia, and this investment represents one of the largest initial economic development projects in our state’s history,” said Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. “We’re grateful to the folks at P&G who came to West Virginia and saw great potential for the future of the company here with our well-trained workforce and strong business climate. We’re honored to welcome them to our family and look forward to our continued partnership.”

“These are good-paying jobs with great benefits,” Governor Tomblin added. “And P&G is a world-class company that’s committed to hiring skilled West Virginia workers. Through a partnership with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, P&G is working hard to train its new employees and provide them with the skills they need to succeed in today’s jobs and those that will be available well into the future.”

The company is seeking employees with skills in mechanical, electrical and programming fields, manufacturing, production, packaging operations, and equipment and machinery operations. P&G is working with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College on a training program that prepares students to work specifically at the Tabler Station plant.

“If there was any doubt that West Virginia is a great place to do business, today’s groundbreaking ought to put it to rest,” Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said. “To have a top-tier company like P&G choose us for its second U.S. plant in 44 years tells you just how far this administration has come in improving our business climate and workforce. It’s a landmark event for the state.”

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