The barren, 150-acre P&G Campus in Andover will be getting new life as part of Gillette’s $1 billion to plan to modernize its facilities in South Boston and Andover.
Gillette parent company Proctor & Gamble said Tuesday it is moving about 450 manufacturing jobs to Andover from its South Boston headquarters. The South Boston facility will keep 750 corporate, engineering and research and development jobs as part of a plan to redevelop 30 acres overlooking the Fort Point Channel the company owns.
Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan said the Lowell Junction area is a critical part of the Town’s economic development strategy.
“P&G’s decision represents a multi-year effort to prepare Andover as a location that can support economic growth and P&G’s expansion,” Flanagan said in a text message. “This project will continue to diversify Andover’s tax base and further solidify the Town’s position as one of Massachusetts’s premier locations for innovation and business development.”
The reorganization will bring Gillette’s total Andover workforce to about 650 employees while ending more than a century of razor manufacturing in South Boston.
Gary Coombe, chief executive of P&G’s grooming division, told the Boston Globe the move could add more jobs in the future, as P&G considers relocating other divisions to the modernized Andover facility.
“Both of these sites have underutilized assets and both of these sites have assets that are somewhat antiquated, poorly designed and in need of investment and transformation,” Coombe told the newspaper, which first reported the story. “If you were to set up the company now and decide you were going to build a 21st century manufacturing plant, you probably wouldn’t put it here [in South Boston]. You’d probably go to a site with more land and more space.”