Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

31/03/06 PROCTER & GAMBLE’S COMMITMENT TO SKELMERSDALE

Showing that Procter & Gamble is here to stay in Skelmersdale, today, Bob McDonald, P&G’s Vice Chairman, Global Operations officially opened the Company’s Northern Service Centre, marking a £15 million investment. This has resulted in a four-fold increase in the NSC’s distribution capacity enabling P&G to deliver 29 million cases across its entire range of products to 300 customers in Northern England, Scotland, Northern Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In addition there is a saving of more than 150,000 road miles per year.

The Northern Service Centre employs more than 130 people in a 24/7 operation and comprises 363,000 sq ft, including an automated crane highbay warehouse and consolidates all P&G’s products onto one site for the first time since 1930.

Speaking at the opening in West Lancashire, Bob McDonald said:

“With this level of investment and future investment already underway, clearly, P&G has a strong stake in the region, and we are now truly demonstrating that we are here to stay. We are committed to being an industrial leader in the North West of England and to strengthening Skelmersdale’s position as a key player in West Lancashire."

Andrew Morris, P&G’s manager at Skelmersdale, said the new Centre has led to significant savings in transportation. “Until recently products had to be stored at a number of locations in the area, then brought here for assembly, before being delivered to customers. Now everything is under one roof we are saving more than 150,000 miles of travel per year, which is not only a saving for P&G and our customers but reduces road congestion,” he said.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“P&G’s £15 million investment into their Skelmersdale site shows great confidence in the area and underlines Skelmersdale’s attractiveness as a business location for both multi-national companies and local firms. I warmly welcome P&G’s commitment to Skelmersdale and wish them and their employees great success for the future.” 

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