Tornado hits P&G facility and distribution centre in Albany

By Lucy Tandon Copp 3-Mar-2017

The company’s Albany plant is now back in operation but the distribution centre will require rebuilding

Damage as a result of the Albany tornado

P&G suffered damages to its plant and distribution centre in Albany, South Georgia, US, after a destructive tornado ripped through the region on 22 January.

The tornado caused fatalities and injuries to people in the local communities.

More than 700 people work at P&G’s Albany plant – which manufactures Bounty kitchen towel and Charmin toilet paper – and distribution site.

While the facility experienced minor damage and was back in operation in two days, the distribution site will require rebuilding, with assessments now underway.

Werhner Washington, P&G’s Albany Plant Manager, said: “We remain committed to our employees and this resilient community as we continue to rebuild in the weeks to come.”

P&G has given its support to the community by donating $20,000 and more than $300,000 in products to residents.

It has provided more than 700 personal care kits, 300 cleaning kits, 1,550 Bounty paper towels and 2,700 rolls of Charmin toilet paper to those in need.

Meanwhile, the company has also helped residents without access to facilities wash 400 loads of laundry through its Tide’s Loads of Hope service.

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“Our thoughts are with all the residents of Albany, Georgia affected by this terrible tornado,” said LaKisha Bryant Bruce, President & CEO, United Way of Southwest Georgia. “Our team is committed to rebuilding and restoring the community of Albany and we thank P&G for their efforts in assisting with the recovery.”