The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville recognizes the imprint Procter & Gamble has within Brockville and as the region’s top manufacturing employer. Yesterday’s closure announcement, scheduled to occur in late 2020 or early 2021, will affect 480 employees and their families that are located throughout Leeds Grenville and beyond. The impact of this closure will also directly affect companies who service and supply P&G.
The Leeds Grenville region has been resilient as it has seen industry closures before yet continues to have a strong industrial base. For some industries the region is viewed as a strategic location with Highway 401, one of Canada’s busiest highways, and the Port of Johnstown along with two international bridges. The workforce of P&G has always been known for its innovation and strong performance that saw production lines transition for close to 40 years.
“The employees of P&G will need time to heal as they begin their transition. With change there is opportunity that I believe this region’s amazing talent can initiate,” says Robin Jones, Warden for the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. “We have seen homegrown start-ups such Newterra, Northern Cables and most recently Canadian Rail Equipment Works and Services,” says Jones.
“Employees from P&G should be proud of what they have contributed to the community, it’s now time for the community to support them through this change,” says Ann Weir, Economic Development Manager for the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. Counties Economic Development has already met with the City of Brockville’s Economic Development Director, Robert Nolan to add their support.