Procter and Gamble Lab Opens in Berkeley Springs

BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV - A portion of the old War Memorial Hospital opened Sept. 12 as a new Procter and Gamble training lab. The Pines Opportunity Center has tenants such as the Morgan County EDA, P&G, and Blue Ridge Community & Technical College.  The college partnered with P&G to open the state-of-the-art Pines External Lab training facility. The 11,000-square-foot lab will be for new hires to test newly manufactured products. Procter and Gamble spokesperson Jeff Leroy said it will be a quality control training ground for microbiologists and analytical chemists in a simulated environment.

“The facility will eventually train about 60 employees in quality assurance,” Leroy said. “Right now, ten are on site. P&G is excited about this because quality is what makes consumers choose our brands, and quality in performance is what makes consumers purchase our brands again and again.”

The lab is the training site for quality control personnel while a new plant is being built in Inwood, slated to open later this year. Eventually, the lab will be moved there once it reaches full operation in 2019.

Employees will make a simulated product at another Blue Ridge CTC site, and it will go to the Morgan campus for simulated testing.

According to P&G, the Tabler Station facility is P&G’s latest investment in U.S. manufacturing, adding to the more than 25 sites they already operate across the country. The company purchased the approximately 450-acre site in 2014 for about $30 million.

According to P&G information, when fully operational, the facility will employ about 700 full-time employees under its more than one-million-square-foot roof.  Fifty-eight acres are under roof.  The first building to open, Building 100, is set to begin producing Bounce for sale sometime around this coming January.  There are about 265 full time employees working at Procter & Gamble now, with about 300 expected by the end of the year. The ultimate goal is 700.

The full investment by Procter & Gamble at Tabler Station is about $500 million.

Products planned to be manufactured in Berkeley County include Bounce fabric enhancers, Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Vidal Sassoon, and Head & Shoulders products, and Olay and Old Spice body wash.

Photo:  L-R front, W. Va. Senator Charles Trump, Delegate and Morgan County EDA Director Daryl Cowles, Morgan County Commissioner ken Reed, Blue Ridge CTC Dr. Ann Shipway, Lisa Horwich, Francisco Lanza, and Gordon Ramsey of P&G. Back, Ruth Gladden of P&G, County Commissioner Joel tuttle, Dr. Peter Checkovich, Blue Ridge CTC Pres., Ananthanarayan Venkateswaran and Don Longworthy of P&G.