KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Procter & Gamble says it is closing its plant in Kansas City, Kansas, in 2020.
Company officials told about 280 full-time employees of the decision on Wednesday.
"Decisions like this are never easy but we are communicating this decision more than two years in advance to help our employees plan for the future," P&G's Rotha Brauntz aid in a written statement. "We are committed to supporting P&G people through the transition in a manner consistent with our values and principles."
The Kansas City Star reports the company plans to transfer production of its Our Dish Care business from Kansas City to its plant in Tabler Station, West Virginia. The West Virginia plant will also absorb jobs from the company's Iowa City, Iowa, plant, increasing the workforce in West Virginia from 700 to 900.
"The new site is being master-planned to be a large, multi-category facility much bigger than the Kansas City plant, with strategic suppliers co-located on site, closer to three mega-distribution centers and presenting significant scale opportunities to develop solutions for channels and customers across categories that would not be feasible/cost effective for smaller sites," Brauntz said.
Procter & Gamble said it will negotiate with the local labor union to help employees during the transition.
The Kansas City plant was built in 1905. Its products include Dawn, Gain, Ivory and Joy hand and dishwashing detergents.