Henkel has invested $23 million in its Geneva, NY and West Hazleton, PA manufacturing facilities to boost production of Dial liquid hand soap and hand sanitizers. The investment includes new equipment, a series of improvements and 180 new jobs. Some of the new technology installments will be operational in November; the rest will be up and running by June 2021, Henkel said.
“We are thrilled to announce a supply expansion of essential products in North America,” said Doug Parkinson, VP of Operations at Henkel’s Geneva facility. “It’s not only a win-win for our business, it will support our local job and economic growth. Investing in Dial will provide consumers and businesses with much needed home and personal hygiene products.”
The new lines will contribute to 45-55% of total production at the Geneva facility, which was formerly a Zotos Professional plant. The new expansion includes a $17.3 million investment in new equipment and technology at the Geneva facility to produce Dial hand sanitizers and foaming hand wash, in addition to $2.5 million at the West Hazleton facility. As part of this overall expansion, Henkel has also invested $3 million in additional equipment to support on-site production at both sites.
“This new investment builds our long history of commitment to the Geneva community and sustainability efforts,” added Parkinson. “In 2011, we invested $6 million to build two 1.6MW wind turbines that now provide up to 20% of total site consumption equivalency, and on a windy day, the turbines can fuel the entire plant. Additionally, the facility is investing $5 million in a wastewater treatment system that will ensure a clean effluent stream, ultimately enabling reuseable water as a pillar of our community sustainable strategy.”
“With this new Henkel investment and the addition of the powerhouse Dial brand, our modern operations support the addition of 180 highly-skilled & talented employees that we are attracting from our local community to help further strengthen the Finger Lakes economy. We are extremely proud to be increasing our essential manufacturing of Dial soap and sanitizer products, during this challenging time,” said Parkinson.