One of the nation’s fastest growing consumer packaged goods companies has announced a major expansion at its Northwest Ohio facility. Church & Dwight plans to create at least 60 new jobs and invest more than $38 million at the Seneca County plant.
The company plans to expand its production and warehouse space with the incorporation of new product lines.
“Our Northwest Ohio plant has always been one of our most productive facilities, and we attribute that to an incredible, dedicated workforce,” said David Johnston, Plant Manager at Church & Dwight.
“There are several drivers behind sourcing decisions at Church and Dwight,” Johnston said. Company leaders recognized the local plant’s work ethic, commitment and low turnover as key factors in the decision-making process. A strong bond with the local community also helped make the case. “Our company has always ‘felt the love’ from the Seneca County community,” Johnston added.
The skilled workers across Northwest Ohio have continuously proven a competitive advantage for businesses in advanced manufacturing, automotive, life sciences and polymers. In addition, workers here are able to adapt in new industries as the region boasts of an abundance of technically skilled engineers, machinists and tool and die specialists.
Church & Dwight, with headquarters in New Jersey, manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products under the ARM & HAMMER brand name and other well-known trademarks. At the Old Fort plant in Seneca County, the company currently employs 240 people; its investment will support a new cat litter line as well as a new line for laundry detergent products.
The Regional Growth Partnership worked closely with The Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership in moving the project forward. In addition, JobsOhio plans to offer assistance for the project.
“Church & Dwight’s expansion will bring 60 new jobs and additional space to this already highly-efficient Northwest Ohio facility,” said Dana Saucier, JobsOhio vice president and head of economic development. “This talented, productive workforce at the Seneca County plant will continue to play an essential role in growing Church & Dwight’s ARM and HAMMER brand.”
Company officials expect construction to be completed in 2020.