Procter & Gamble Co., the world’s largest consumer products firm, is nearing the final phases of construction on a 1.7-million-square-foot distribution center near Shippensburg.
The $93 million facility is expected to create nearly 1,000 jobs, company officials have said. It is on 183 acres at 9300 Olde Scotland Road in Southampton Township, Franklin County.
Most of the workers will be temporary workers, a company official has said. The facility will ship manufactured goods to retailers throughout the Northeast.
P&G officials say the distribution center will open by the end of the summer. State Sen. Rich Alloway, R-Adams, Franklin and York counties, noted that the P&G project is one of several in the area.
In addition, BPG Properties has a plan to turn farmland off Exit 24 of Interstate 81 in Shippensburg Township into two warehouses totaling about 1.1 million square feet on 78 acres. BPG Properties is a division of Equus Capital Partners.
A business park project is in the works off Exit 29, Alloway said. Also, plans are in motion to create a new exit further south in Franklin County. PennDOT has green-lighted a new Exit 12 in Guilford Township, Alloway said.
Money for the exit became available, the senator added, after the legislature passed a transportation bill late last year that will pump $2.3 billion annually into the PennDOT coffers — an increase of about 40 percent.
The growth of the I-81 corridor is likely to attract plenty of “spinoff” businesses, Alloway said.
“It’s amazing, that Shippensburg area — it’s just on fire,” he said.
State officials have said the P&G project is receiving assistance from the Governor’s Action Team. P&G was offered a $2 million Pennsylvania First grant, while $959,000 in job creation tax credits will go to the third-party logistics company.
The package is contingent upon 963 jobs being created by P&G and the third party within a three-year period, officials have said.