MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Procter & Gamble, in collaboration with Fluor, a global engineering construction company, hosted a supplier and contractor open house Tuesday morning at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.
Representatives from both companies addressed the crowd in the morning while giving an in-depth presentation on what opportunities for bids will be available during the building of the Procter & Gamble plant.
Procter & Gamble brings in about $76 billion in net sales, according to Francisco Lanza, start up leader for Procter & Gable. During the presentation Lanza also said that in 2015 29 percent of sales were fabric care and home care, 27 percent of sales were baby, feminine and family care products, 24 percent of sales were beauty, hair and personal care, 10 percent of sales were grooming products and the final 10 percent was from health care products.
Lanza said Procter & Gamble is working to transform into a faster-growing, more profitable and far simpler company, while keeping the consumer at the center of everything it does.
“Having an understanding of the consumers needs is what makes us thrive,” Lanza said.
Lanza also said the company is working to build several new partnerships. He said that having a partnership with the community is key for P&G’s success.
“Our workforce is us, family, friends and neighbors,” Lanza said.
Lanza explained that the focus for the company is, “built here, made here.”
“We want to utilize our local contractors and trades. We want to support the local workforce,” he said.
Lanza continued that P&G wants to contribute to the community’s greater good, saying that it will promote work force development, partner with local and state colleges – like it has with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College – as well as pair with vocational schools. He also added that it plans to provide over 1,000 jobs.
Both companies, P&G and Fluor will be providing a multitude of bid opportunities in several areas of work, which were discussed during the informational session.
According to a list of needs handed out during the event, there are 23 different purchasing needs – anywhere from safety supplies and concrete, to signage and steel. There are 33 different contracting needs – from insulation and onsite fireproofing, to paving and surveying services. Finally, there are 12 different areas of need in the support services department – from cleaning and janitorial duties, to equipment rentals and landscaping.
Tim Cambell, marketing director at Callas Contractors, Inc., of Hagerstown, said his company is hoping to land a pretty big contract with Procter & Gamble.
“The one thing I can say about Procter & Gamble coming to the community is that it’s going to bring a ton of jobs. We are a general contractor and we are just trying to get a piece of this. Obviously, we’re not big enough to do all of it, but if we can get $40 to $50 million dollars worth of work that would be ideal for us. So, that’s essentially what I am here for today, and to find out which package we can bid,”
In addition to jobs, Cambell said the company will be good for the tri-state area as a whole.
“Besides jobs, hopefully it will bring an economic boost in some way and it is nice that they are making it a priority to hire local contractors and subcontractors for us and to give us these opportunities. And I am sure it will benefit them, but it definitely benefits us,” Cambell said.
Katie Alvarez, safety director of Alvarez Contractors, Inc., based out of Oakland, Maryland, attended the presentation on behalf of her company.
“We are here to explore a lot of different work areas and to see what is out there. There are a lot of opportunities here,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez said the company was excited about Procter & Gamble coming to the region.
“I think it’s going to bring a lot to the community anyway and to be a part of it. It would be really great for us,” she said.
Staff Writer Katiann Marshall can be reached at 304-263-8931, ext. 182 or at Twitter.com/kmarshallJN.