- Associated Press - Thursday, May 15, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble will locate a major distribution center in southwest Ohio to serve the Midwest, the company announced Thursday.

The $89 million, 1 million-square-foot facility is expected to open next winter in Union, northwest of Dayton. It is one of six vast new complexes P&G; is locating near major U.S. population centers and easily accessible road and rail networks.

Spokesman Jeff LeRoy said the goal is to reduce corporate transportation costs and get products to customers faster. LeRoy said the program will reduce rail and truck miles logged to carry P&G; products to stores by 7 percent.

Two Ohio companies have been tapped to operate the Union facility. Columbus-based Exel, a supply-chain logistics provider, and Cincinnati-based Quality Associates, a contract packager, are expected to employ about 800 people at the site.

JobsOhio, the state’s privatized economic development office, said it recommended state incentives in landing the facility, details of which aren’t yet available. Spokesman Matt Englehart said the information will be will be posted once a final agreement is executed.

JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor said Ohio was in competition with several other locations for the facility.

The city of Union, Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District and the Dayton Development Coalition cooperated with JobsOhio and the administration of Gov. John Kasich to land the site.

The Republican governor said in a statement that he’s proud P&G; chose to expand in its home state.

Cincinnati-based P&G; is the world’s largest consumer product maker. It makes such well-known brands as Tide, Pampers and Crest.

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