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UPDATE: Procter and Gamble moving 500 jobs out of Iowa City

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

UPDATE: Procter & Gamble says they are committed to manufacturing in the United States. 

While the company does have plants in other countries, they say there are far more in the U.S. with 25 plants across the country. 

The  company says 90% of the products they sell in the United States are made in America. 

500 Employees from the Beauty Care plant in Iowa City will need to transfer to another P & G location or find a new job. 

Employees have roughly two years to figure out what they want to do. 

P & G says they want to hold onto their talented employees if possible. 

"We want to retain as much of the talent as we can," Communications Manager Jeff LeRoy told us. 

 "This isn't a result of anything they did or did not do, it's not a performance issue. This is about us consolidating," he added. 

The company gave their employees a two year heads up on the changes to come. 

"Once decisions are made it's important for us to communicate with our employees they are part of the team, we highly value them and this is a journey that we'll be on together," LeRoy says. 

Employees were sent home for the day today to spend time with loved ones and think about what they want to do. 

LeRoy says P & G makes products like "Tide detergent, Pampers diapers, Dawn dish soap, Bounty and Charmin, and shampoos, conditioners, toothbrushes, Crest toothpaste."

P & G has three plants in Iowa City, the two that make toothbrushes are not being impacted. 

The beauty care plant will be impacted as the production of shampoo, conditioner and body wash is moved from Iowa City to the east coast. 

"The fact of the matter is that major population centers along the east coast are much easier for us to reach effectively and efficiently by that new mega plant we're building in West Virginia so we're consolidating a lot of business there," LeRoy told us. 

The beauty care  plant will stay open and mouthwash will continue to be made there. 

P & G expects the transition to be complete sometime in late 2020. 

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Procter and Gamble is planning to shift product lines from its Iowa City plant, which will move about 500 jobs out of the area. 

According to a news release sent out Wednesday morning, the company said they are planning these changes to be complete by mid-2020.

Senior Communications Manager Jeff LeRoy says they are working hard to find positions for everyone within P&G if they are willing to re-locate. LeRoy says Employees are meeting with management tomorrow to have small group discussions, and then with their individual manager in the coming weeks to discuss options. 

You can read the statement from the company below: 

We shared with employees today that we will transfer production of our Hair Care (shampoo and conditioner) and Personal Cleansing (body wash) businesses from Iowa City, Iowa to our new facility at Tabler Station, West Virginia. These transfers will be completed in late 2020. Oral Rinse production will remain at the existing site.

Oral Rinse production currently at the Iowa City Beauty Care Plant will remain there.  We will conduct studies to determine the best use of the areas of the Iowa City Beauty Care plant facilities that will be vacated with the move of Hair Care/PCC to Tabler Station.

Decisions like this are never easy, but we are communicating this decision more than two years in advance to help our employees plan for the future. We are committed to supporting P&G people through the transition in a manner consistent with our values and principles.

We will negotiate with the local labor union regarding support to help employees transition to opportunities, whether that be transfers to other P&G sites or beyond P&G.

For additional context, today’s announcement is the result of a study started in 2013 across our North American supply network to help us more efficiently and effectively serve retailers and consumers across the country. The new site is being master-planned to be a large, multi-category facility much bigger than the Iowa City plant, with strategic suppliers co-located on site, closer to three mega-distribution centers and presenting significant scale opportunities to develop solutions for channels and customers across categories that would not be feasible/ cost effective for smaller sites.

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