November 10, 2012

Procter & Gamble to shift some jobs from GA plant

— AUGUSTA (AP) — Officials with Procter & Gamble say they are shifting its powdered-detergent operations from Augusta to a facility in Louisiana.

The Augusta Chronicle reported Friday ( ) that company officials say the move will result in about 160 job losses in the Augusta area over the next 12 to 18 months. The officials say many of those employees will be offered jobs at other company locations in the U.S.

The company says the Augusta plant will continue to manufacture dryer bars with about 40 employees. The Augusta plant went into production in February 1963.

The company is moving the detergent-powder operations to a plant in Pineville, La., which will add about 50 jobs. The Louisiana plant, located about 1.5 miles north of Alexandria, already makes liquid detergent.

“This is an exciting win for Central Louisiana and our state,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal in a statement late Friday. “P&G decided to reinvest in Louisiana because of our strong business climate, unparalleled quality of life and most importantly, our outstanding workforce.”

In March, P&G completed a $100 million expansion at its Pineville facility to enable the plant and the company to deliver one of its newest products, Tide Pods, which launched in February. The Pineville site, which opened in 1969, covers nearly 1 million square feet in building space on 112 acres.

To secure the expansion, Louisiana offered P&G a performance-based grant of $3.4 million to offset a portion of the costs for new training facilities, infrastructure and equipment, as well as use of the state’s Retention and Modernization Program, Jindal’s office said.

The company also is expected to make use of the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs. In addition, P&G will receive a customized workforce solution from LED FastStart to create a customized workforce recruitment program, applicant screening and training development.