Sunday, March 11, 2001

What's the buzz?

Work has begun on P&G facility

        Construction is under way on Procter & Gamble's 300,000-square-foot Fabric & Home Care Innovation Center at the site of its former detergent-processing plant near June Street and Spring Grove Avenue in St. Bernard.

        The state-of-the-art research and development center, announced a year ago, is part of a broad revitalization plan for the Ivorydale area, home of P&G's oldest plant and research facilities.

        The facility will become the central location for the North American portion of P&G's global fabric and home care business.

        P&G will spend as much as $110 million to upgrade Ivorydale and build the research and development center in St. Bernard, creating 100 jobs, the company said.

        Construction of the $67 million facility is to be completed by 2002. The development is expected to be completed within three years.

        The fabric and home care center will house 465 employees. Slightly more than 360 employees will come from P&G research centers in Sharon Woods, Blue Ash and Winton Hills.

        The consolidation of researchers is designed to increase innovation and accelerate the pace of bringing new products to market.

        P&G's fast-growing fabric and home care division handles such popular brands as Tide and Downy, and newer products such as Febreze and Dryel.

— Randy Tucker

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