That’s expected to happen by the end of 2020, which means they’ll be working to hire even more people than they originally expected.
“The number of full time P&G jobs at the Tabler Station Plant will be 900, which is up from the previous 700,” P&G Communications Director Jeff LeRoy told MetroNews affiliate WEPM in an interview.
The brand portfolio at the plant now includes: Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Aussie and Herbal Essences shampoos and conditioners; Olay, Old Spice, Gillette and Ivory body washes; Dawn, Joy, Gain and Ivory hand dish washing products; Swiffer; and Bounce.
LeRoy said the transfer of the additional products will impact other P&G sites.
“The hair care volume, the shampoos and conditioners, is coming from a plant we have in Iowa City, Iowa,” he said. “The dish care volume, the Dawn, Gain, Joy, Ivory hand dishwashing business – that’s coming from a plant in Kansas City, Kansas.”
LeRoy said the Kansas City plant will shut down in late 2020 while the Iowa City plant will have some remaining production.
“There are some jobs transferring,” Leroy said. “We’re hoping to retain some talent and move some talent there to West Virginia.”
On top of that LeRoy said they are still hiring.
“We have a huge need to acquire and attract quality manufacturers there (Martinsburg).
Earlier this year P&G officials said they hope to make more than 160 hires in 2018 alone.
LeRoy said the new production line may also mean some changes for how they are utilizing Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, where they’ve been training new employees in laboratory settings.
“It might change a little bit of what some of the training is because we’re announcing today that dish care volume. Dawn, which is one of our billion dollar brands, Gain, Joy and Ivory hand dish washing is coming.”
He said that the relationship with Blue Ridge remains strong though and that they are very pleased.
The first building at the 450-acre construction site is set to begin production of Bounce Fabric Softener in a matter of weeks, but LeRoy said there will be active construction for several years.
LeRoy expects a formal ribbon cutting sometime in the fall.