BATH TOWNSHIP — The Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Co. is expanding its operation in Allen County and adding 51 new jobs thanks to a tax credit from the state of Ohio.
On Monday, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a six-year, 0.87 percent job creation tax credit for the company to add onto its northwest Ohio facility, located at 3875 Reservoir Road in Lima. Along with new jobs, the local P&G facility will see $2.5 million in new annual payroll, and will retain $42.6 million in existing payroll.
The facility, which makes P&G fabric care brands such as Tide and Downy, will expand by 18,000 square feet. Jeff LeRoy, senior media relations manager for P&G, said the additional space will allow the company to produce the chemical components found in these products.
“We’ve been redesigning our supply network in North America for several years, and we chose Lima because it was an ideal location to manufacture the chemicals for these fabric and beauty care brands,” LeRoy said.
P&G is investing $65 million of its own capital into the project, which is expected to be completed in late 2018. LeRoy said construction will begin within the next month.
He said the expansion will create dozens of “highly skilled manufacturing jobs” such as machine operators, programmers and technicians. Those interested may apply at http://pgcareers.com, though LeRoy said the jobs will not be posted for “quite some time.”
“We’re talking about something that’s two years down the road, so it’s just too soon” to apply, he said.
P&G has been in Lima since 1968, and employs some 600 people. Adding 51 jobs represents a more than 8 percent increase in employment.
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