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Procter & Gamble has begun phasing out workers in its powdered-detergent operations and expects to have more than half of that workforce moved by September.

Darren Greenwood does a quality inspection at the Procter & Gamble plant in 2009. About 160 jobs will be cut from the plant on Mike Padgett Highway within the next year.  FILE/STAFF
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Darren Greenwood does a quality inspection at the Procter & Gamble plant in 2009. About 160 jobs will be cut from the plant on Mike Padgett Highway within the next year.

About 160 jobs will be cut from the Augusta plant on Mike Padgett Highway within the next year as the company is moving its dry-detergent operations to Alexandria, La., P&G spokesman Jeff LeRoy said.

Nearly 40 employees will have left the facility by late June, with a total of 90 workers anticipated to transition out by September. The remaining 70 employees will trickle out of the Augusta plant in the following months, LeRoy said.

The process is expected to be complete in 2014.

In November, employees were notified of the pending job eliminations and all were offered jobs at another P&G facility.

“It looks like right now about half of the employees that will not be staying at the facility are transferring to another plant somewhere in the United States,” LeRoy said.

Most of those employees chose to relocate to the Alexandria facility or a plant in Lima, Ohio, LeRoy said. Both sites make liquid detergent.

The company paid moving expenses, LeRoy said.

About 40 employees chose either to leave the company or accept an early retirement that varies in amount based on an employee’s tenure, LeRoy said.

Ten percent of the workers are still deciding their next step, he said.

The Augusta facility, which will manufacture dryer bars, will continue to employ about 100 contractors, LeRoy said.

P&G began its detergent operations in Augusta in 1962. The company continued to add local positions as recently as 2009, when it employed 240 workers and 360 contract employees. Two production lines and 150 jobs were added to the plant that year.

The Augusta plant manufactured powder versions of Tide, Cheer, Draft, Ivory Snow and Gain laundry detergents.

P&G has been looking to reduce its global workforce for the past year and a half, with a large number of employees opting for an early retirement, LeRoy said.

LeRoy said P&G doesn’t disclose how much the job cuts are expected to save the company.

There are more than 30 P&G facilities in the United States that employee about 15,000 manufacturing workers, he said.

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Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/12/13 - 02:41 pm
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Don't worry...Think Five

Don't worry...Think Five Guys!

David Parker
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David Parker 06/12/13 - 02:46 pm
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N1

Is it wrong to lol that?

corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/13 - 04:06 pm
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No, think Starbucks! Don't

No, think Starbucks! Don't you understand that losing 160 jobs and gaining a mythical 110 is a sign of progress?

countyman
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countyman 06/12/13 - 04:21 pm
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Daily sarcasm is getting real old!!

The same few people all the time. Let's constantly bash Augusta, but don't care that ZERO high paying jobs are coming to Evans, Martinez, North Augusta, anytime soon etc...

Everybody make sarcastic remarks about things in Augusta, because the jobs at the Big Lots coming to Evans or the Walmart shopping center opening near exit 5 in North Augusta offer those great benefits.

The 140 jobs at Starbucks is considered nothing special, but the plant won the 2012 GA deal of the year...

Why don't the negative nancies ever mentioned Hagler Systems, Rockwood, Medac, Zapata Technology, Southpoint Media, etc?

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soapy_725 06/12/13 - 04:35 pm
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countyman is Deke, right?
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His future in Washington DC depend on good press. Documented success is not a requirement. Just good press.

Growing up and facing the real world is difficult for a Peter Pan. LOL

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/12/13 - 05:15 pm
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Nothing new folks.
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ProcTER & Gamble has been managing it profitability in this manner for the last fifty years. There were 13 dry laundry plants in the USA in 1968. One in Canada and none in Mexico. The one in Alexandria is the only one left in the USA. None left in Canada. The Mexico City Plant is twice the size of Augusta, runs 24/7/365 and replaced all of the business west of the Mississippi many years ago.

Powdered detergents are cost prohibitive when compared to liquids. Liquids are formulated for today's laundry needs. Logic and Profitability.

The detergent PODS obviously did not make the cut either.

ProcTER & Gamble is a very "real world" savvy company. When something is not working or is no longer profitable, they shut it down. The loyalty is to company. What is good for the company is good for all of its family.

Go P&G, we need the stock to rise and the dividends to keep flowing!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/12/13 - 05:07 pm
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Those that opt for Lima OH
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Can fish in the large city reservoir across the street as long as they are in a none motorized boat. They can also pay tribute at William Tecumseh Sherman's Monument.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/12/13 - 05:14 pm
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Those that opt for Alexandria, well
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Cost of living a +. Indian Casino a +. The biggie is the Deja Vu. Pineville on one side of the Red River and Alexandria on the other. A levee. A defunct military base. A college.

And unless things have changed a lot, a defunct CBD. Questionable airport service.

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dwb619 06/12/13 - 05:24 pm
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benefits

Did I understand you to say that WALMART offers great benefits?
Hagler is relocating from Five Notch Road to the old sign manufacturing building.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/13 - 05:37 pm
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Oh, it was a deal allright-

Oh, it was a deal allright- for Starbucks. *snort* But it went from "more than 140 jobs" to "140 jobs", I think that 110 is going to be closer to the real figure.

As for the 2012 Deal of the Year, GA Trend had a whopping 12 entries to choose from, I don't think that there were only 12 new deals in the State of Georgia, but what do I know? And, btw, the AC has more circulation than GA Trend, somehow I just don't think that GA Trend has the cachet that you think it does, Countyman.

Hagler Systems- latest job postings on their site is January 2012. And they are currently in N. Augusta, so there won't be any kind of job gain. However, they COULD hire 20% more staff, that would be 22 jobs. But COULD and WILL are two very different things.

Rockwood- discussed 2 years ago, in 2011, this is old news, that's why we don't mention it, we don't feel the need to beat daid horses over and over. However, it will bring 80-100 jobs (yeah, like a company just guesses at the number of employees it will need, get real, they know exactly how many they need) but since they are closing a plant that had 55 employees, the new jobs will probably be closer to 50-60.

Zapata- has a total of 2 jobs listed on their job site

Southpoint Media, at this time, employes a jaw-dropping 10 people, but hey, who knows, maybe they are going to employ a whole lot more

When these companies announce their arrival, they ALWAYS inflate the jobs number, makes them look good and they don't want that proprietary information revealed. I suggested that the AC do a story on the PR number versus the actual number of jobs that are created, they have chosen not to. I wonder why. Because every other paper and publication that has done so has found that the real number of jobs created is never as high as the "hype".

But here's what I'm wondering. If all these companies have come to Augusta, and if everything is booming, WHY is the unemployment rate in Augusta nearly 9%? And that's the REPORTED rate, the real figure is between 15-20%. All you have to do is drive around Augusta and look at all the empty buildings and the glut of office space to know that the unemployment rate is very high.

Are we negative nancies or Realistic Robins?

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Riverman1 06/12/13 - 05:51 pm
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/12/13 - 05:52 pm
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Corgimom, Great Post

That was fact filled and gives us a realistic picture.

Pops
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Pops 06/12/13 - 07:13 pm
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Lighten up Francis

Five Guys Burgers is just something funny to type. A burger joint in Richmond County is not going to turn the tide against high unemployment numbers or perceptions of the area. Chill.......

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countyman 06/12/13 - 07:19 pm
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Facts

Dw916.. I was being sarcastic in terms of the benefits at Walmart.

Corgimom... Your comments pretty much prove my point... I haven't seen you mention any job growth in places outside of Augusta, but only contradict anything related to Augusta.. You're arguing whether the jobs at Starbucks is 140 or less, but haven't mention any significant jobs outside of Richmond County.

1. The Starbucks plant won the deal of the year in the 'large population category''.. The number of jobs was always 140 with the possibility of more.

2. Halger Systems is moving from North Augusta to East Augusta. They purchased a vacant 62k square feet building.. They're adding 40k sq. ft. to the original space, a new 25k sq. ft. office/6k sq. ft. office, and 40 new jobs.

3. I love how you seem to think you know everything about Rockwood, but you don't even work for them.

4. Zapata Technology may only have two job listings, but they've been hiring for sometime now.

5. The ten employees at Southpoint was in relation to the office in Savannah. The Augusta office just opened June 6th lol..

Riverman.. Almost everything Corgimom said was an opinion, and not fact.

countyman
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countyman 06/12/13 - 07:54 pm
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Fact

Pops.... I don't think it's funny when the residents of North Augusta, Martinez, Grovetown, etc don't have one, and have to drive to find multiple sit down restaurants.

The metro unemployment rate of Augusta is 7.6% which is lower than Georgia(8.1%) and South Carolina(8%)...

The April 2013 rate of 7.6% is also lower compared to the 8.2% in April 2012, 8.4 percent in 2011, and 9.6 percent in 2010.

The quote below is why the comments from people like Corgimom are hilarious.. They didn't even realize the ten employees at Southpoint work at the Savannah office, and the office in Augusta just opened June 6th. Why does somebody in Charlotte feel they know more about current events than people who actually live here lol? I think somebody read the quote below, but didn't realize the press release was sent out months in advance..

''Southpoint Media is a leading web design and development company with offices in Savannah and Augusta, Georgia. Founded in 2004, Southpoint Media employs ten talented employees and serves over 500 businesses and non-profits across the Southeast.''

I still don't understand why anybody would make negative remarks about 10 high paying jobs, but are happy with the Big Lots jobs coming to Evans.

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dwb619 06/12/13 - 07:58 pm
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sarcasm

Well that went right over my head.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/12/13 - 08:01 pm
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I don't understand why

I don't understand why anybody would make remarks that are so easily shown to be embellishments? Being realistic is not being negative. Blindly supporting every public works project leads normal people to surmise the cheerleader is promoting these projects for their own financial gain.

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Sweet son 06/12/13 - 08:41 pm
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@countyman

We all understand that you are Richmond County born and raised by your comments. We appreciate your loyalty to the community. I lived in Richmond County for 50 years and am glad to claim the Southside; Butler High to be specific! Just supply us with the facts without any commentary. We don't know where you work or how you get the facts so just give them to us straight and forget comparing everything in Richmond County to other CSRA communities/counties! Thanks!

If I am wrong on any point correct me. :)

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/12/13 - 08:43 pm
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What does the plant make now?

If 160 will lose their jobs, which is bad, how many employees will be left?

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countyman 06/12/13 - 09:25 pm
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Sweet Son

I'm not originally from Augusta, and lived in Columbia County before.. Don't take this the wrong way, but your comments prove why I should continue leaving my commentary. Millions of people who aren't born and raise here fall in love with Augusta. The potential of Augusta is off the charts. The underused property along the Riverfront, major redevelopment opportunities in the CBD, acres of land in outer South Augusta/city limits of Hephzibah/Blythe, expanding arts community, etc. The city of Augusta has received numerous top ten rankings for best place to live/retire in the US. The metro area ranked 2nd in high tech job growth from 2006-2011. The major problem for Augusta is how many of the locals don't even realize the positives. The rich history, historic neighborhoods, medical community, growing airport, etc.

I also don't understand how Riverman and others get to compare everything in Columbia County against Richmond County. Or how I can't give any commentary, but the daily negative comments don't seem to be a problem.

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KSL 06/13/13 - 12:30 am
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Countyman

When I was your age I too was enamoured with Augusta. Even consdered a second home on the river. I loved Riverwalk. You have youthful enthusiasm. What I have seen is the continuing deterioration of all parts of Richmond County due hugely to a dysfunctional government and poltical arena.

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KSL 06/13/13 - 12:34 am
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If you would spend the time

If you would spend the time you spend with us working on unifying the factions of Richmond Co, you might just get what you so optimistically describe.

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nocnoc 06/13/13 - 06:24 am
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Spoke to a very long time P&G

Spoke to a very long time P&G employee.
He mention plans to reduce were in the works for a good while even before last year.

The plant is reducing permanent P&G staff to get below the Obama Care magic employee number. They will continue to use temporary contractors, again to avoid the Obama Care numbers, the associated taxes and costs.

Hence the staff trimming by NLT the end of 2014, when more of Obama Care kicks in.

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seenitB4 06/13/13 - 07:29 am
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Well KSL nailed it

continuing deterioration of all parts of Richmond County due hugely to a dysfunctional government and poltical arena.

It is not your fault countyman....we all want the best for Augusta & esp south Augusta......but we see the light & the dysfunctional government & the ole time politics & get discouraged.

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Marinerman1 06/13/13 - 08:57 am
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Well, Two Things

Well, there are two things. 1) it is Dreft detergent. 2) the problem in Augusta-Richmond County is two-fold. Yes, there is dysfunctional government, but there is also a continually eroding taxpayer base. You may have people coming into the county, but they are welfare of one form or another, and are not part of the paying taxbase.

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bigj706 06/13/13 - 10:13 am
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I never knew people had

I never knew people had personal knowledge about the welfare population coming into the city or is everyone not in your neighborhood or community on welfare?

countyman
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countyman 06/13/13 - 12:40 pm
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False opinons

''What I have seen is the continuing deterioration of all parts of Richmond County due hugely to a dysfunctional government and poltical arena.''

KSL... The following statements contradict your statement...

1. West Augusta, Summerville, Forest Hlls, and the CBD are richer than the majority of Aiken County. The areas of Aiken County must have deteriorated even fasten then.

2. Starbucks and Rockwood both investing $100 million in new plants.

3. Aiken mall is going to auction, but the first H&M in the state of Georgia outside of Atlanta(zero locations in South Carolina) is coming to Augusta mall.

4. Apple, PF Changs, Sephora, Pandora, etc have locations in Georgia outside of metro Atlanta and Augusta mall.

Why do people love to generalize all of Richmond County?

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Darby 06/13/13 - 08:28 pm
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Oh, well... Our loss is Louisiana's gain.

Think one big happy family.

Okay then, how about, in the words of our exalted leader, the Great and Powerful OzBama, the economy is just helping him to redistribute the wealth.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/13/13 - 08:51 pm
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Once again....comparing

Once again....comparing dissimilar objects does not prove anything...

Woodside Plantation is richer than the majority of Richmond county....

Darby
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Darby 06/14/13 - 11:30 am
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"Woodside Plantation is richer than

the majority of Richmond county...."

.
Will have to take your word for that... Don't know one way or the other...

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