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BREAKING: P&G plans to leave West Branch
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · February 07, 2018


Procter & Gamble plans to "phase out" its West Branch distribution warehouse over the next two-plus years, according to a company spokesman.
The news comes at the same time the company told workers at its Iowa City location that it would cut about 500 jobs and relocate its hair care and personal cleansing businesses to a new facility in Tabler Station, W.Va., by 2020.

P&G spokesman Jeff LeRoy wrote in an e-mail to the West Branch Times that the phase-out will affect employees of DB Shenker, which provides workers for the warehouse, though not P&G staff.

"We are currently studying options for the long-term use of this facility," LeRoy wrote, "including the option of offering it for sale at some point. At present, we are not able to speculate about the outcome of this analysis."

The P&G site in West Branch includes 800,000 square feet of warehouses in the West Branch industrial park

More than two years ago, P&G Hair Care LLC ceased operations in Building 3, 160 Fawcett Drive, a $15.3 million facility built for the company by Duke Realty Corp. and completed in 2007. That 515,000-square-foot facility included 50,000 square feet of refrigerated space.

According to Cedar County Assessor estimates, P&G will pay about $950,000 in property taxes this year.

P&G announced in 2002 its intention to build a distribution warehouse in West Branch and had it operational by early 2003. Competing with locations in Iowa City and North Liberty, West Branch attracted the company with incentives like Tax Increment Financing and other incentives.

The city back then also annexed 180 acres to put the P&G land inside the city limits. The company started with 106 acres, and later added 37 acres, for a total of 143 acres.

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This is a developing news story and we will provide updates as they become available.

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