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134 JULY 2015 S I T E S E L E C T I O N I n February, for only the second time in 44 years, Procter & Gamble Co. selected a new site in the United States. By 2017, the location near Tabler Station in Berkeley County, W. Va., will be home a project Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called a "huge win for the state of West Virginia," employing 700. Its numbers could be even huger. Te $500-million, 1-million-sq.-f.- plus facility will produce multiple, yet-to-be-named P&G brands when it is fully operational. No worries about which ones: 21 P&G brands are worth more than $1 billion each. Drawings by Fluor submitted for county approval in April show a large Phase 1 building, fve smaller Phase 1 buildings, a space designated for Phase II building expansion, parking to accommodate 1,385 spaces, and a 700-space trailer drop area. Altogether there are 14 rail spurs and close to 5 million sq. f. (464,500 sq. m.) of building space. Te documents and planning commission minutes reference total employment of nearly 2,000 at a three-shif operation. Te new location positions P&G to utilize its new distribution center network, which includes six large new facilities in Union City, Ga.; Union, Ohio; Southampton Township, Pa.; Edwardsville, Ill.; Wilmer, Texas (DFW) and another in Southern California's Moreno Valley. P&G also maintains about 20 other distribution centers in the US and Canada. "Tis investment is about the future of P&G's entire supply chain from sourcing raw materials to production and distribution," said Yannis Skoufalos, P&G's global product supply ofcer, allowing the company to reach 80 percent of customers in the eastern US within one-day transit. Accommodating a Vision Te plant is being constructed on a 500-acre (202-hectare) site at the Tabler Station Business and Industrial Park, located at Exit 8 along I-81. Short-rail service connects the site to CSX and Norfolk Southern mainlines. Hagerstown, Md., is just to the northeast, and Washington Dulles International Airport is 45 minutes away. Berkeley County, now a bedroom community of sorts for the DC area, has seen its population grow by 37 percent since 2000, to 104,160. Te park was formed when the Berkeley County Development Authority (BCDA) purchased acreage over a decade ago. It purchased additional acreage in 2012, and the next year initiated a strategy to attract a large end user. By the close of 2013, "Project Independence" was simmering, with JLL serving as P&G's primary site consultant. Stephen L. Christian, the BCDA's executive director, says his team hosted site visits from the JLL/P&G team during the frst quarter of 2014. By the second quarter, P&G had whittled down its candidate sites from around 40 to four, says Christian. P&G also met with the HR directors at half a dozen major employers in the region. Ten the scope of its plans suddenly expanded, requiring nearly 30 percent more space. At least one other site among the four candidates in the Mid- Atlantic region was knocked out of the race. "Luckily we had plenty of expansion room," says Christian. b y A D A M B R U N S a d a m . b r u n s @ s i t e s e l e c t i o n . c o m P&G chooses a busy corner in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle for a next-gen manufacturing complex. 'Independence' Day W E S T V I R G I N I A Lost River State Park is near the four-state nexus where P&G will locate its half-billion-dollar plant. Photo courtesy of West Virginia Dept. of Commerce

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