By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
Procter & Gamble plans a $300 million expansion on its Mason campus. The consumer products giant said this month that it intends to add a 500,000-square-foot research and development facility to its 1.5 million-square-foot campus at 8700 Mason-Montgomery Road.
The new Beauty Innovation Center will house laboratories, pilot plants and space for focus groups. HDR Inc. of Princeton, N.J., is the project’s architect; Gensler is designing the interior, and M+W Group of Watervliet, N.Y. and Indianapolis-based Hunt Construction Group are serving as general contractors.
The Cincinnati Business Courier reported that, although final plans are still being completed, preliminary construction is expected to start next month. Starting in 2018, 1,150 employees will transfer to the new facility from the Sharon Woods Innovation Center, which P&G plans to sell.
Another 200 contractors will move from P&G’s Blue Ash site to the new Beauty Innovation Center. Once the move is complete, P&G will be Mason’s largest employer by far, with upward of 3,650 employees and contractors working on its campus and a payroll of $160 million.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the city of Mason is giving P&G a helping hand with the project. On March 23, city officials voted unanimously to approve a 15-year, $34 million tax incentive package.