In what can be an era-ending change for South Boston, toiletries large Procter & Gamble introduced Tuesday that it plans to maneuver razor manufacturing from its Gillette property overlooking the Fort Level Channel to its Andover campus.
The plan is for Gillette, which has used the South Boston web site for product manufacturing for over 100 years, to maintain its headquarters on or close to its present property, P&G stated. The ability can be dwelling base for 750 workers in management, analysis and growth, and engineering roles.
However it’s unclear what precisely P&G’s present 31-acre property, dwelling to the light-up, roadside “Gillette World Shaving Headquarters” signal, will appear to be in a couple of years. P&G, which acquired Gillette in 2005, indicated that it’s trying into redevelopment and/or promoting of half or all the web site.
“It’s too early to say what property or how a lot land we might promote; our prime precedence is guaranteeing we now have adequate house for our present and future wants,” a P&G spokesperson stated. “We will even take part in a group course of which is able to assist inform a longer-term growth plan for the positioning.”
The relocation course of will happen over a couple of years as P&G invests additional in its 150-acre Andover campus, P&G stated. The plan is for the primary slate of workers to maneuver areas in two to a few years.
All present South Boston manufacturing workers can be provided a job in Andover, P&G stated. The corporate will even “present assist” to workers who need assistance navigating the change.
“This new Andover Manufacturing Heart will function a essential U.S. manufacturing hub,” the corporate wrote within the launch. “ … The improved web site can be anticipated to be a horny possibility for different P&G companies sooner or later.”
P&G beforehand confirmed plans to double bar cleaning soap manufacturing on the Andover campus within the subsequent two years. The corporate stated Tuesday that it has begun assessing how else it’d develop operations there.
These adjustments come on account of the completion of an evaluation of P&G’s Massachusetts amenities — a course of which started in 2019, the corporate stated. The Boston Globe reported that the adjustments are a part of a $1 billion plan by P&G to modernize operations at each properties.
Out of a complete of about 1,200 P&G workers at present working in South Boston, roughly 450 of them work in manufacturing, the Globe reported. P&G solely employs about 200 individuals in Andover proper now, the newspaper reported, calling its facility there “underused.”
In response to Boston Enterprise Journal, P&G has been promoting off components of its South Boston property for years.
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