LIMA — When Procter and Gamble decided to expand to the Lima area in 1968, it had no idea how truly successful it would be, according to plant manager Elia Lopez.
Now 50 years later, the Lima plant is rated the No. 1 most productive P&G site, generating six percent of P&G global sales and is the first site to be zero waste to landfill.
“Our employees, past and present, have helped P&G and Lima become the flagship plant for this company,” said Lopez to a crowd of more than 500 guests Friday at the P&G 50th anniversary celebration at the Lima plant. “We have been the power and force that drives winning for our company and our community.”
Lopez said she owes the success of the Lima plant to its employees, who have done an amazing job with solving and eliminating problems.
In July, P&G’s U.S. fabric care delivered the highest ever Tide laundry dollar share and the highest P&G dollar share in a decade, thanks to the employees at the Lima plant, according to Lopez.
“When the site started 50 years ago the employees came up with a value statement, ‘Do what’s right, work together, get results’,” said Lopez. “This statement is still true today and are the values that guide our work.”
One of many reasons the P&G Lima plant has been as successful as it has over the past 50 years is because of its employee’s ability to understand the importance of the consumers, according to P&G CEO David Taylor.
“We have been around a little over 180 years and companies last 180 years for one reason,” said Taylor. “They put the consumer at the center because they understand who their boss really is, and they have the best people in the world. They also understand that you have to re-invent yourself one time after another and you’ve done this for 50 years.”
Taylor is also grateful for all of the work that Lopez has done over the past four years to continue the success of the company.
“I want to thank Elia for all the work she has done,” said Taylor. “You’ve made a difference and saw the response of the folks here. It’s what makes this place special — we have leaders who are willing to come join and serve.”
As the Lima P&G plant continues to expand and grow over the next 50 years, Taylor believes that the company will not only sustain its success, but the success of the community as well.
“Whether its for our business, or working to improve our local community, or making our world a better place to live — we the P&G employees will continue to be the power and force of the future,” said Lopez.
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