Governor Rendell Says New Facility Will Create 300 Jobs in York County
JACKSON TWP - Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced that state investments will help a leading personal care, household and specialty product manufacturer relocate some operations from New Jersey to York County, bringing at least 300 jobs to the area.
Church & Dwight – a manufacturer of consumer products, including household cleaners and deodorizers, oral care products, and the world-famous Arm & Hammer line of products – will build a 1.1-million-square-foot facility on roughly 232 acres in Jackson Township. The facility will produce Arm & Hammer laundry detergent and serve as a major distribution center for all Church & Dwight consumer products for the eastern United States. The $150 million project is expected to be completed in late 2009.
"Church & Dwight considered more than 35 other sites in six states for this project. It doesn't get much more competitive than that," said Governor Rendell. "The fact that the company chose to relocate to Jackson Township speaks very highly about the workforce in York County and our economic development efforts that have made Pennsylvania such an attractive destination for manufacturers.
"Our aggressive economic development efforts have made a significant and positive impact in York County, where 18,600 new jobs have been created since 2003," the Governor said. "During that period, our Governor's Action Team successfully completed 26 projects in the county, creating more than 3,000 jobs and leveraging more than $280 million in private investment."
The facility will be the company's first in Pennsylvania. Church & Dwight, headquartered in Princeton, NJ, plans to build an environmentally responsible, LEED-certified building to house the manufacturing and distribution center. LEED certification shows that an independent third party has verified that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures.
"Today we begin work on a new facility with a truly state-of-the-art ‘green' design, reflecting our company's long-standing commitment to protecting the environment," said Church & Dwight Chairman and CEO James R. Craigie. "Since our first contact with the Governor's Action Team in February 2007 to today's groundbreaking, we have gotten an excellent response from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, York County and Jackson Township. We're proud to now be breaking ground for our first facility in Pennsylvania, and look forward to being part of this community for many years to come."
The manufacturing and distribution center will be named the "Davies Facility" in honor of Robert A. Davies III, 73, who served as CEO of Church & Dwight from 1995 to 2004, and as chairman from 2001 to 2007.
The York County Economic Development Corporation assisted Church & Dwight in obtaining a $3.25 million funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $900,000 opportunity grant, $1.25 million in infrastructure development program funding, $900,000 in job creation tax credits and $200,000 in job training assistance.
"Once again, the close partnership between the state and local economic development teams proved successful," said Darrell Auterson, president & CEO of the York County Economic Development Corporation. "Church & Dwight will be an outstanding addition to our thriving economic base."
The company's project was coordinated through the Governor's Action Team, economic development professionals who serve as a single point-of-contact for businesses considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
Since January 2003, the team has successfully completed 1,028 projects statewide. The projects represent commitments for 109,601 new jobs and 250,404 retained jobs. The commonwealth has offered $1.9 billion in funding to these projects, which will leverage more than $12.4 billion in additional investment.
Source: Pennsylvania Government
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