American consumer products firm Procter & Gamble is dedicating $310 million to expand its manufacturing plant in Box Elder County, UT, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced in a recent release. The project is expected to create 221 new positions over the next two decades.
“Our expansion is a result of consumer and customer demand, and we couldn’t be more pleased to meet that demand with the excellent workforce of Box Elder County,” the plant manager of P&G’s Box Elder site, Joe Tomon, said in a statement.
The facility produces products for the firm’s Baby & Family Care business, including Pamper’s Diapers and Charmin toilet paper, according to coverage by the Cincinnati Business Journal.
The company is eligible for a Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (EDTIF) tax credit from the Utah Legislature to earn up to 30% of the new state taxes it will pay over the next 20 years. GOED officials approved a post-performance tax credit that will not go over $4,191,954.
“Procter & Gamble has been a steady growth agent in Utah. The company started production here in 2011 and invested again in spring 2018, and continues today to expand its state-of-the-art facility,” Theresa A. Foxley, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, said in the release.
In 2018, the company revealed plans to close two of its facilities in the Midwest by 2020, impacting more than 700 workers. Production for P&G’s Our Dish Care business will move from the firm’s Kansas City, KS facility to a plant in Tabler Station, WV, the Kansas City Star reported. The company also plans to reduce its headcount at its Iowa City, IA plant by some 500 positions, moving manufacturing of products like shampoos and body washes to the Tabler Station site. A report by the Cedar Rapids Gazette said P&G will continue producing oral rinses at the Iowa City plant.