Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was all smiles with Berkeley County officials Tuesday in announcing P&G plant project.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was all smiles with Berkeley County officials Tuesday in announcing P&G plant project.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia beat out several states and dozens of other potential sites for the $500-million Procter & Gamble manufacturing plant to be built along Interstate 81 in Berkeley County.

“They began with over 40 sites identified across the entire northeast and began a process with us over a year and a half ago,” state Commerce Secretary and Development Office executive director Keith Burdette said during a Tuesday news conference at the state capitol. “We competed against bigger and wealthier states with a lot more flat property than we have.”

The plant is planned for the Tabler Station Business Park in Martinsburg, which has grown to 600 acres since 2012. P&G will use approximately 450 acres for the project. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

In a Tuesday morning announcement, the company said the more than 1-million square-foot facility “will produce multiple P&G brands when it is fully operational.”

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin estimated the plant would create 1,000 construction jobs and 700 permanent positions.

“For years we have worked hard to make West Virginia an even stronger competitor for economic development investments, and companies around the world are noticing the changes we have made,” Tomblin said at the capitol.

Cincinnati-based P&G said the manufacturing facility “will be one of the most advanced and sustainable plants among P&G’s global manufacturing and supply-chain operations.

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, said in a company news release.

P&G has a new distribution center network with large plants in Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania and the Martinsburg facility is seen has a good fit.

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,” added Skoufalos.

Commerce Secretary Burdette said P&G hasn’t built many new manufacturing plants in the U.S. making Tuesday’s announcement that much more significant.

“This is only their second new facility to be constructed in the United States in 40 years (since 1971) and to say that this was a highly coveted project would be a gross understatement,” he said.

The investment has been talked about for some time in Berkeley County, it’s called Project Independence, although the specific company hasn’t been mentioned.

U.S. Sen.Joe Manchin praised the news:

It is great news for the residents of Berkeley County, the Eastern Panhandle and the entire state of West Virginia that Procter & Gamble plans to move forward with Project Independence, a vast manufacturing project that will create hundreds of new jobs, boost economic development and undoubtedly diversify the Mountain State’s economic landscape.”

Among its 80 brands of consumer goods, P&G manufactures Always, Ambi Pur, Ariel, Bounty, Charmin, Crest, Dawn, Downy, Fairy, Febreze, Gain, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Lenor, Olay, Oral-B, Pampers, Pantene, SK-II, Tide, Vicks, Wella and Whisper.

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  • harlancentral

    What exactly does P and G manufacture?

    • Mr. Smith my comment above. China going to be jealous!

  • earl ray.jr.

    beady eyed tomblin rubbin his greasy, grimy palms together with the stench of money in the air.. As for i dont kow jack's Qs/below : this particular fiasco will be just like every other continuing & new messes that the good ole boys of charleston are into..-- just Do It firt & ask questions of impact and necessities Later.. Simply take a look around .. place is a Shambles..

  • Marion

    Sweet. Great for WV! I can send a few TEAMSTER business agents over ASAP. Union work place=SAFE work place. Better wages. Better benefit package. Right to work ?! WORK FOR LESS!

  • I dont know JACK

    This is great news for Berkeley County and West Virginia. I understand it took great effort to lure them to Berkeley County. Does anyone know what kind of environmental impact this will have on the surrounding area such as air/noise pollution. I hope they produce a better smell than the tar plant at Tabler Station. I do understand this is next to I-81 but not everyone will use that route does the county have any plans for the increased traffic on Rt.11? Can the Berkeley County infrastructure support this large company or will improvements need to be made and the current customers have to pay for it? Yes it is good news but there are many questions that should be answered by the people that pursued this deal !!!

  • Andrew

    Naysayers, please consider the broader economic impact of this announcement. Let’s think about the added personal income to the area. Simplify put this facility at capacity could have 700 employees, let’s say the average employee makes $50,000 a year. This means that the total economic impact for the area would be $35,000,000 a year. The state would then recover a certain percent through personal income taxes and in the form of sales taxes when the money is spend on goods or services by the individuals. This is not to mention the potential of spin off or support businesses to this facility. Also, not considering the economic growth in the service industry to support the added income i.e. restaurants, home building, car dealers, etc.

  • David

    Most of you people are pathetic...

    Mostly upset because at least 700 of you won't have an excuse not work...

  • olé timer

    Wonder how it will be built? Local construction or with out of state workers. Prevailing fair wage or debilitating wage of right to work. Careful what we think we have. Tax breaks out the a## for corporate greed. Time will tell!!!

    • Jonus Grumby

      I suppose the devil is in the details, as the old idiom goes.

  • Incomplete Story

    Hmm this looks good on paper, but to me only the positive aspects were pointed out in this artice, "reputable company, 700 skilled laborers, boost in the economy, etc.."

    What it doesn't say is WHO will be the NEW 700 employees( In-state hires or transfers from other sates?) OR how this will be paid for(tax payer dime though Gv't subsidies which could potentially raise taxes) OR why P&G wanted to chose Berk.Co. WV.(Corp America is Stockholder/ Investor driven which we all see the effect of Big Biz on the middle class, they don't care you and me!).

    This looks, seems and smells shady to me, but hopefully I'm wrong..not to mention environmental concerns and increased traffic patterns in which if you have you driven through N. Va. during rush hour? It's one of the reason I like WV. to begin with. It doesn't take you 1 hour to drive 5 miles.

    • DWM

      Simply Amazing.

      Here sir, please take this check for $1,000,000. You: I don't want that check, think of all the taxes I'll have to pay, all that headache I'll have to deal with.

      • The bookman

        Careful.....there are several posts with the same message here. Where most see a glorious rainbow, there are always those that focus on the stormy clouds.

        • Jonus Grumby

          I'll jump for joy once the finer details are known. While I am very hopeful this will be a win-win for everyone, too many times the taxpayers are responsible to support these boondoggles. See Swearingen Aircraft. Until that happens, I shall remain cautiously optimistic.

          • Doobieborough

            The "finer details" should have been revealed at the news conference but I doubt anyone asked for fear of getting hit with a roll of P&G scented toilet paper.

  • karry

    Watch how many other P&G plants close after this one is built.

    • Anthony

      You hit the nail on the head. The site in Augusta Ga. announced last month that they will shut down at the end of the year. They lost some production to Louisiana last year and China is getting a new plant to produce the rest of the downy unstopables. Real breaks by moving I guess. I can tell you now with certainty they will not be a union site.

    • Charles

      Who cares!!!!!! How many companies have left wv. Does the new state that hold the company care? Wv'ians have been moving away for years looking for work. Look now. We might be able to keep a few home now. And who cares it may employ some out if staters. Last time I checked. We have a drug problem here. This way the company is guaranteed to find enough employees to past a drug test. Which would be a struggle in southern wv. Has it has not been proven even a good job will get people to quit

  • ThrMburg

    While I welcome the jobs for B Co I don't welcome any more traffic on I 81. The jobs are great but when residents take a look at the big picture they may not like what they see!

    • Expatriot

      Couple of things. The rich get richer. Sure wish this plant was going to be in an area that is suffering, but I do not begrudge Berkeley County. They have done wonders with little support from the state of WV. Would be nice if the State would upgrade some East West Highways especially to the west so in state residents could get to the jobs easier. And...this might be a scary Dem. program. Dedicate some funds to move upstate and downstate families to Berkeley for jobs. A companion housing program to upgrade some of the older housing stock in M'burg. Please, Berkeley County, no more single wides and double wides.

  • wvman75

    Don't the "big corporations are evil" democrats want to protest this yet? This can't be good in their eyes! lol

  • GregG

    Hummm, I wonder how this is going to go over with all the bible thumpers? Will the republicans knock each other down running to a camera to take credit for P&G coming to WV? Will they want to be tied to a company like P&G? Gotta love it!

    • Damon

      Looks to me like the Democrats will be doing the same thing. And Bible thumpers? Don't know what that has to do with P&G coming in. I guess it's your hatred toward anything conservative.

  • Mark

    Funny how our "bad business climate" keeps landing these new facilities.

    • Damon

      Yeah, all one of them.

  • Low Rider

    Great news for Berkely County and the state of WV!

    It is amazing to me the number of negative posts on this site! P&G, one of the worlds most highly respected companies decides to build a state-of-the-art manufatruing plant in WV and people bitch and whine about it??

    I guess good paying jobs with full benefits is a bad, bad, thing.

    Congrats to all who made this deal come through...and don't listen to those people who live south of Route 60 who hate progress.

  • Steve

    This can't be, corporations don't create jobs.

    • matt miller

      They didn't build that.

      ...not yet, anyway.

      • Jason Smith

        They aren't building it wouldn't build it without lots of tax breaks & tax exemptions from the county & state, plus will benefit from federal tax advantages, so, like Obama correctly stated, "you had help (building it)"...the second part of his statement which conservatives conveniently fail to mention.

        • MRich

          Well said, many Repubs & the media alike fails to mention the latter part of what Obama said in that statement...he was simply implying that you didn't build that by yourself.

        • wvman75

          Obama hasn't been right about anything and neither are you.

          • Mburg

            You are so hateful that you cannot even appreciate someone who is trying to help you. He will be gone in 2 years my friend and then you will get someone else to gripe about. Take some time to see the forest thru the trees - If you cannot - please allow those of us who can to enjoy the forest. Bob Marley has a line in one of his songs that say "in the abundance of water the fool is thirsty." You sir or madam is thirsty.