One of Belleville’s largest employers is getting even larger.
Procter and Gamble Belleville will undergo a significant expansion starting next month that will result in the creation of approximately 100 jobs at the Belleville facility, which will bring the square footage of the Belleville plant to roughly 1 million square feet.
A release states that P&G’s investment in the Belleville facility solidifies its position as the global leader in the production of the Always brand.
Joe Folk, P&G Belleville Plant Manager, said the approval of the additional business for the Belleville site is the result of strong confidence in the continued growth of the Always brand.
He stated the company plans to break ground for the new development in June, with the first production run scheduled for March 2020.
“This new investment is the result of the dedication and hard work of all of our employees and contractors and we thank them for their commitment,” Folk stated.
Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk stated the additional investment in the Belleville P&G facility is great news for the community and the entire region.
“P&G remains one of our best employers and their commitment to excellence and the hard work of their people has resulted in this new investment in Belleville.”
The building addition and the new equipment represent a capital investment of more than $100 million.
"This new additional $100 million dollar investment to bring in an entire new line, which will be up to 100 jobs is great news, not just for the region and our economy, but it also shows confidence in Belleville that this company wants to be in Belleville and wants to stay here as they go forward," Panciuk added.
"They don't make these kinds of investements in areas that they're concerned about. While we still have some challenges, we have to be able to give them the employees that are necessary to run this facility., we're really grateful and proud that they've chosen to expand here in Belleville."
Quinte Economic Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Chris King echoes Panciuk's sentiments.
"They're investing in their plan and showing confidence in the region and the city. The new equipment, new technology and new jobs are all things we want to see in economic development," he said.
King said QEDC has been chosen to help invest in the expansion.
"We've had meetings in the past with P&G about their plans and introducing them to different government funds and sources that can help them with their project. All of the work we're doing around workforce development and our manufacturing association and technology is to support companies just like P&G."