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The Clorox Company, a manufacturer of consumer and professional products, announced the opening of its new cat litter facility in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The location will make the company’s Fresh Step and Scoop Away brands.
The main plant building is 97,000 square feet, while offsite warehouse space will add an additional 450,000 square feet. The company expects the site to create more than 100 full-time jobs, including engineers, managers and production associates. Clorox expects the facility to reach full capacity early next year. The plant is also expected to bring in $190 million to the local economy.
Michael Holly, vice president of the company’s product sourcing services, said the deal will help the company “go faster and work smarter” to meet all of its customers’ needs.
Clorox marked the start of production by donating a year’s worth of kitty litter and $5,000 to the Berkeley County Humane Society. The company has also partnered with Blue Ridge Community & Technical College to create internship opportunities. The program allows interns to potentially move into a full-time position once they graduate. In addition, Clorox presented a check for $10,000 to the college for providing office and workforce development space during construction of the facility.
The company also operates two Kingsford charcoal plants in Beryl and Parsons, West Virginia.
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