Procter & Gamble has broken ground on a $500 million West Virginia manufacturing hub expected to bring 700 new jobs to the state's Washington, D.C., bedroom community.
The Cincinnati-based consumer-goods manufacturer is building the vast plant in Berkeley County outside Martinsburg. Some 1,000 temporary construction positions are expected leading up to the facility's 2017 opening.
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West Virginia economic development officials consider the plant along the Interstate 81 corridor a big win. It will be just the second plant built by the company in the U.S. since 1971.
The company says the new site will be within a day's travel distance of nearly 80 percent of consumers in the eastern United States.