Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A longtime Augusta employer is announcing a change in its mission, meaning some employees will be losing jobs.
Sources have confirmed to News 12 that Procter and Gamble will be phasing out its current plant operations during the next 12 to 18 months. This will impact about 200 employees.
About 40 current employees will stay at the Augusta plant. Fifty more will be offered positions at plants in Alexandria, La. Manufacturing of the plant's dry products will go to the facility in Louisiana.
We have also learned transfer opportunities will be offered to every employee. There are 39 different North America locations to choose from. If employees decide not to transfer, they will be given a severance package.
The severance package would include retraining, an allowance based on the number of years worked and benefits.
If employees decide to relocate, Procter and Gamble will pay for moving and housing expenses.
Once the transition is complete, 40 employees will continue working at the Augusta plant creating new technology and business practices that can be implemented at the Procter and Gamble's plants.
Employees have been given the weekend off to discuss this with their families.
The plant will not close before the holiday season.