Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) is having a new 1.7 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution center built in Southampton Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
P&G will have four to six direct employees onsite at the warehouse near Shippensburg, in addition to 960 contractors with average annual wages of around $43,500.
Another 500 construction jobs will be created while the facility is being built on a 183-acre site.
Work on the $93 million facility, which the company will be leasing from Liberty Property Trust, has already begun. The facility is expected to be operational by summer 2014.
P&G chose this location in Southampton Township for this new distribution center because of the easy access to the highway network, the company’s manufacturing plants and major East Coast metropolitan areas.
P&G has a huge manufacturing plant in Mehoopany, PA and other plants nearby in Hunt Valley, MD and Dover, DE. The company plans to use the distribution center to ship goods manufactured by its plants to retailers throughout the Northeast.
The project was secured by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Action Team (GAT), with local support from officials in Southampton Township, Franklin County and the Shippensburg Area School District. GAT serves as a single point of contact for businesses looking to expand or locate a facility in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has offered P&G a $2 million grant under the Pennsylvania First program.
The contractor chosen to operate the center will additionally get almost a million dollars in tax credits as incentives for creating the 960 new jobs over the next three years. The project will also get local incentives in the form of a property tax abatement.
PA Gov. Tom Corbett said the announcement was great news for Franklin County and Pennsylvania. He said P&G’s decision to locate the new facility in the Commonwealth is resulting in one of the year’s largest job announcements. Gov. Corbett added that it was the state’s pro-business environment that was creating new job opportunities for Pennsylvanians.
Cincinnati, Ohio-based P&G generated $83.68 billion in revenue last year and has more than 126,000 employees around the world. P&G products are used 4.6 billion times every day across more than 180 countries.