Procter & Gamble To Close Woods Corners Facility

By Justin Culligan

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2007 at 11:20 PM EDT

Residents of Norwich are about to face a difficult challenge.

Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals has announced they will be closing the Woods Corners facility by late 2009.

Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals says it's closing the Woods Corners facility in 2 years.

160 people work there.

"It's going to have a big impact on Norwich, seeing as how there's not much business here now. We need the jobs and we need the industry," says Richard Reihl of Norwich.

Employees at the facility now face a difficult decision.

Relocate to the main headquarters in Cincinnati, or find work elsewhere.

Workers who decide not to move will be offered a transition package with pay and benefits for up to a year.

Procter and Gamble officials would not speak to us on camera, but in an interview with the mayor we learned that the building has been put up for sale and some are optimistic that an equally large corporation will move in in its place.

"We have to look at this as an opportunity to have another industry come in," says Norwich Mayor Joseph Maiurano.

"As these industries; the shoe company, the Norwich Mills, the GLA, have moved, various other industries have come in," says Reihl.

Local leaders will have a meeting next week to talk about what to do next.

Assemblyman Cliff Crouch and Senators Schumer and Clinton are expected to attend.

"We need to market the area to other manufacturings, showing what a great place Norwich is to live in," says Maiurano.

This is not the first time Norwich has faced the closing of a P & G Facility.

The company shut down its Eaton Center facility back in 1992.

P & G donated money which was used to convert the facility into an office complex.

Leaders feel the area has recovered nicely.

"We've always managed to come back, but these are going to be very hard jobs to replace," says former Norwich Mayor Mary Lou Stewart.

Time will tell whether a big industry replaces the Woods Corners facility.

But trying times lie ahead for Norwich.

In a statement released Friday morning, Procter and Gamble expressed apologies to employees at the Woods Corners facility.

They stated it is unfortunate when community and business interests diverge.

But according to officials the decision they have made will help the company achieve its long term vision.

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