Last updated: February 12. 2014 9:59AM - 727 Views
By William Laney wlaney@civitasmedia.com

File photo | The Lima NewsOperations Leader Brian Stewart lead a tour in the Procter & Gamble plant in Lima in 2013.
File photo | The Lima NewsOperations Leader Brian Stewart lead a tour in the Procter & Gamble plant in Lima in 2013.
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LIMA — Procter & Gamble serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands, and some of those items used in everyday life are manufactured in Lima.

The Lima P&G plant, which started with the purchase of 100 acres in 1968, has more than 600 employees and more than 200 on-site contractors.

Employees at the Lima plant started by manufacturing Downy fabric softener in 1968, and then they started making Era laundry detergent when it was launched in 1973. In 1984, the company started making liquid Tide laundry detergent with its launch that year. Through the years, the Lima site has continued to grow, and in 2006 it purchased more than 400 acres to build the Lima P&G Distribution Center.

In 2012, the launch of TidePods brought innovation to the site and has been revolutionary to the fabric care business.

The P&G started when William Procter and James Gamble met when they married sisters, Olivia and Elizabeth Norris, whose father convinced his two sons-in-law to become business partners. In 1837, a humble but bold new enterprise called Procter & Gamble was born.

The small, family-operated soap and candle company grew and thrived, inspired by P&G’s purpose of providing products and services of superior quality and value.

“The power of P&G’s purpose is the one factor above all others that has contributed to the company’s long heritage of growth,” P&G spokesman Scott McKenzie said in a news release. “We care about touching people in ways that make their everyday life a little better. We care for babies and pets. We make everyday chores like laundry easier to do. We help literally billions of people around the world look and feel better every day.”

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