P&G: A Consumer Giant in Rural Utah

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American consumer products giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) has been a force in the nation’s economy for more than a century. At 183 years old, the company has become a staple in households worldwide for consumer care products. With the help of a tax credit from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) over the last decade, P&G’s growth includes Box Elder County, Utah. 

Thanks to the tax credit granted to the company, P&G is dedicating over $300 million to expand its manufacturing plant in Box Elder County. The project is expected to create more than 200 new positions over the next two decades in the rural community.

The company is eligible for an Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (EDTIF) tax credit from the Utah Legislature to earn up to 30% of the new state taxes it will pay over the next 20 years. The GOED Board approved a post-performance tax credit that will not exceed $4,191,954. 

“This expansion will create hundreds of new high-paying manufacturing jobs in Box Elder County,” said Dan Hemmert, GOED’s executive director. “This is a big win for Utah as we continue to help build our rural counties and create more jobs in these areas.”

P&G has been a steady growth agent in Utah. The company began production in Box Elder County in 2011 and reinvested in the spring of 2018. While closing other facilities around the nation, the company chose to invest and expand in Utah — a testament to the state’s innovative and business-friendly environment and capable workforce.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to meet our customer demand with the excellent workforce of Box Elder County,” says Joe Tomon, P&G plant manager for the expansion.

The state-of-the-art facility continues to expand, supporting additional employment in the county’s manufacturing-dominated workforce. Box Elder County is home to an estimated 63,200 citizens, and the manufacturing industry accounts for 29% of the workforce. The total P&G wages, including medical benefits, in the aggregate, are expected to exceed 110% of the Box Elder County average wage. 

When the project was announced, Theresa Foxley, president and CEO of EDCUtah, said, “With wages above the county average, these are high-quality manufacturing jobs for Box Elder County.” 

The facility produces products for the firm’s baby, family, and feminine care business, including Bounty paper towels, Charmin toilet paper, Pampers, Luvs diapers, and Always feminine hygiene products.

“This facility is an important part of P&G’s U.S. manufacturing footprint, and its expansion is a strategic part of P&G’s North American Supply Network redesign,” said Julio Nemeth, P&G’s chief product supply officer. “We are extremely grateful to all state and local officials, including governors Cox and Herbert, for their support.”