Procter & Gamble Beauty Care to Keep Iowa City Hair Operations, Invest in New Product Capability

May 14, 2020 |

The Iowa City–based Beauty Care site has been hiring since September and recently decided to maintain Hair Care operations and introduce new production capability with a focus on new product innovation. 

After announcing two years ago that they would be shifting their shampoo, conditioner, and body wash production lines to a new West Virginia plant, Procter & Gamble has exciting news to share: they’re here to stay.

“Over the past two years, Procter & Gamble has been conducting a variety of studies to help determine the future of our Iowa City plant. One thing’s become obvious to us: we need both Iowa City and our Tabler Station plants to meet the emerging needs of our North America business. The strong performance of Iowa City’s workforce, and the community’s culture of innovation were important factors in making this decision for our future.” – Jason Jackson, Plant Manager, P&G Iowa City Beauty Care.

As an outcome of these studies, P&G decided that it will maintain some Hair Care operations at the site in addition to Oral Rinse production. The site will produce a diverse mix of products – some existing and some new forms to support innovation plans. The company anticipates to add more job opportunities at the Iowa City site as a result of this news.

“Iowa City’s strong culture of innovation and our community’s workforce is a perfect match for P&G’s new innovation plans. We’re happy that they will be maintaining some of their operations in our community, and look forward to being a part of the company’s future innovations.” – Kate Moreland, President, Iowa City Area Development Group.

With COVID-19 affecting everyone, the safety of its team, customers, and community remain top-of-mind for Procter & Gamble. Along with implementing additional safety procedures at its plants, P&G has shifted to producing face masks and hand sanitizer at multiple sites. The Iowa City Beauty Care plant has now produced over 200 drums of hand sanitizer. Some of this production has been donated locally to hospitals and the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency.

“Procter & Gamble has been an invaluable asset in our community for decades now. Since opening the plant in 1956, P&G has been consistently known for being one of our area’s top employers — providing high-quality jobs with a livable wage and giving back to our community. We are looking forward to continuing to have them as a valuable community partner for decades more to come.” – Laura Bergus, ICAD Board Member and Iowa City Councilor