December 18, 2017
When Procter & Gamble (P&G) arrived in the Bay of Quinte region 42 years ago, local advantages helped them succeed. The Belleville P&G plant is the exclusive North American manufacturer of Always™ pads and liners and – more recently – the adult incontinence product Always Discreet™.
The Bay of Quinte region’s advantages for international manufacturer Procter & Gamble are still in place. This Bay of Quinte Manufacturer has enjoyed a recent season of expansion, having added 3 new product lines in the last 18 months: 2 for North American markets and one for international export.
5 Regional Advantages Bay of Quinte Manufacturer Procter & Gamble Enjoys:
Location: The P&G facility is very close to highway 401, Canada’s main transportation link that runs through Belleville, giving the company quick and easy access to 2 major urban markets (Toronto and Montréal), and the US border.
- The City of Belleville: When P&G set out to expand their Bay of Quinte Manufacturer operations, The City helped them by keeping everything moving quickly, and by just being there to answer questions. The City of Belleville and the Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC) are committed to ensuring that businesses, both new and established, thrive in the Bay of Quinte region.
- Assistance with customs: In-town border and customs services add to P&G’s advantage in Bay of Quinte.
- Labour Force: P&G had no trouble filling the 300 new positions that came open during their recent expansion. Nearby Loyalist College produces graduates with a wide range of skills; skills especially suited to P&G’s reliance on robotics, automation, and digitization.
There are also plenty of government supports in the region to find and train staff:
- Regional job fairs, organized and managed by the municipalities
- META employment services
- Government agencies determined to help potential employers succeed
- Partnership with Ontario government to upgrade skills through 6 week programs at Loyalist College’s Training and Knowledge Centre
- Ontario Jobs Grant program.
5. World Class Support services: the region abounds in local contractors who supply all of P&G’s needs: fabricating, painting, annual maintenance, and engineering contractors.
Bay of Quinte’s easy connection to markets that range from local to international – as well as the region’s extensive business support such as QEDC – makes it the perfect place to set up or expand a North American manufacturing business. Procter & Gamble found this out, and they continue to be a successful and enriching presence in the region.
When Procter & Gamble (P&G) arrived in the Bay of Quinte region 42 years ago, local advantages helped them succeed....