Gillette Co. is building a 95,000-square-foot production facility that will cost $148 million and create 1,150 new jobs in Lodz, Poland.
The site also will house contract packaging manufacturer Sonoco Products Co. and a DHL distribution center, three buildings in all. Those companies will create about 1,000 and 200 jobs respectively.
The plant will replace a smaller site already in Lodz, as well as a blade and razor manufacturer in Isleworth, England, and a distribution operation in Hemel Hempstead, England. Gillette's Berlin plant also will transfer its Sensor range production to Lodz, along with 100 specialist personnel, Gillette spokesman Paul Fox said in a telephone interview.
The two sites in England, which housed 40 injection molding machines, will close, with a loss of 450 jobs. The Lodz plant will have 85 injection presses, Fox said.
The Lodz site will focus on the production of disposable razors and the Legacy system, but premier Gillette products like the Mach 3 and Venus Passion razors will continue to be produced in Germany and the Boston flagship plants. The Lodz site will be packaging the premier products and distributing them. All counted, the Lodz site will manufacture more than 100 different product lines.
The new plant is ``well-advanced,'' Fox said, and Gillette expects it to be operating by 2007.