Company says it will cut 500 jobs at Iowa City plant

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Company says it will cut 500 jobs at Iowa City plant

Officials say the [transfer of] additional production will be completed by 2020 and require an extra 200 full-time employees. Employees at the plant produced dish detergents under the brand names Dawn, Gain, Ivory and Joy.

The maker of Tide and Pampers on Wednesday told workers at a Kansas City, Kan., dish-soap factory that the plant, which employs about 280, will close by the end of 2020. The exact number of employees affected by this decision was not immediately clear. The move means 500 Procter & Gamble employees - about 40 percent of the company's total employment in the city - will see their jobs cuts.

Bounce will be the first items produced at the West Virginia site, beginning February 14. Procter & Gamble employs almost 100,000 employees at 110 plants worldwide.

The Kansas City plant was built in 1905.

P&G also will move chemicals production from Kansas City to a chemicals plant near its Cincinnati headquarters.

In just a week, the Harley-Davidson and Proctor & Gamble closures together negate a year's worth of that growth. The state added more than 7,000 manufacturing jobs in 2017, according to the Department of Economic Development.

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