Procter & Gamble to lay off hundreds in 2 cities

Procter & Gamble Co. plans to lay off hundreds of employees in Iowa and Kansas by 2020.

Procter & Gamble announced Wednesday it will move production of hair care and body washes out of Iowa City by late 2020. The move means 500 Procter & Gamble employees — about 40 percent of the company’s total employment in the city — will see their jobs cuts, according to a report from The Gazette.

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A spokesman told The Gazette job cuts will be made gradually and “no major changes” are expected this year. Wednesday’s decision is a part of a review the company started in 2013 of its North American operations.

The company also announced it would close its Kansas City plant and move operations to West Virginia by 2020. Procter and Gamble said they will negotiate with the local labor union regarding support to help about 280 local employees transition to other positions either within the company or somewhere else, local news organizations reported.

P&G opened a multi-brand distribution center in 2014 near the Dayton International Airport in Montgomery County as part of plans to reorganize its supply chain. The center employs more than 1,000 workers.

Worldwide, P&G has about 118,000 employees including 11,000 in Greater Cincinnati.

The consumer goods giant built a new $300 million Beauty Innovation Center in Mason recently, and relocated approximately 1,150 research and development staff from Blue Ash to Warren County as part of the project. The new research center was built on P&G’s existing 240-acre campus in Mason along Mason-Montgomery Road.

Also in northern Cincinnati, P&G operates the Beckett Ridge Technical Center in West Chester Twp., which conducts corporate-wide research and development, he said.


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