Posted: 10:13 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014

P&G to open Dayton-area distribution center

By Thomas Gnau

Staff Writer

P&G was confirmed Thursday as the tenant to operate a new distribution center already under construction in Union’s Global Logistics Airpark, JobsOhio said Thursday.

It’s the first time the tenant of industrial property developer Prologis has been officially identified.

JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor said Thursday that Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co. has chosen to establish a “multi-category” distribution center in Union, in Montgomery County, to serve its Midwest customers.

This new site will increase efficiencies in P&G’s supply chain, putting P&G products closer to retail and population centers as well as major transportation networks, JobsOhio said in an announcement.

JobsOhio is the nonprofit formed in 2011 to lead the state’s business attraction and job creation activities.

The project will lead to the creation of 800 new jobs through third-party customization and logistics providers, the state agency said.

“Procter & Gamble is one of the most successful and recognized companies in the world, and we are proud they are expanding their presence here in Ohio with this innovative facility that will be unlike any other in the Midwest,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in the JobsOhio statement.

Construction of the company’s $90 million site began late last year and should be operational in 2015, said JobsOhio, the state’s private development arm.

In the statement, Yannis Skoufalous, P&G’s global product supply officer, said, “The new distribution center is part of a significant supply chain transformation in North America, that will dramatically innovate the way we supply our customers. The Dayton site is ideally situated to both leverage P&G’s scale and our new distribution network to respond to customers and our consumers in a way we have never done before.”

In a report to Montgomery County leaders last year, supply chain consultant St. Onge identified Union’s Global Logistics Airpark and Progress Park in Moraine as two of the area’s largest potential industrial parks.

Auto glass producer Fuyao is performing due diligence research on a purchase of a former GM plant in Progress Park now.

Kasich is scheduled to be in Dayton Thursday at the I-70-75 Development Association’s annual meeting.

Hiring at Procter & Gamble’s union distribution center will likely begin in November, said a spokeswoman for the third-party logistics company operating the center.

Lynn Anderson, vice president of communications for Exel, said the new distribution center will be operational early next year. The company expects to work with the Montgomery County Jobs Center and others to find the best employees, and there may be job fairs, as well, she said.

The company will have 800 employees, the state said Thursday.

“More to come on that,” Anderson said.

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