Procter & Gamble is closing Kansas City plant

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In Kansas City, employees were told to go home Tuesday around 2:30 p.m., but asked to return at 8 a.m. Wednesday for a meeting, according to the local Fox affiliate. Employees at the plant produced dish detergents under the brand names Dawn, Gain, Ivory and Joy. Oral Rinse production will remain at the existing site in Iowa City. The exact number of employees affected by this decision was not immediately clear. This is planned to be complete by mid-2020 and will result in the closure of the Kansas City plant in late 2020.

Since construction began in 2015 for West Virginia's Procter and Gamble plant, the organization estimated a need for 700 full-time employees to be hired by 2019.

Bounce will be the first items produced at the West Virginia site, beginning February 14.

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Procter and Gamble has two locations in Iowa City.

Researchers with the Mid-America Regional Council found that the Kansas City metro has added 5,000 manufacturing jobs over the last five years, averaging about 1,000 jobs per year. The state added more than 7,000 manufacturing jobs in 2017, according to the Department of Economic Development.

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