Procter & Gamble Celebrates 50 Years in Wyoming County

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP -- Hundreds came out to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Procter & Gamble's presence in Wyoming County.

The company which manufactures brands include Tide, Bounty, Charmin, and Pampers honored current and former employees of the Mehoopany plant.

"It's amazing how quickly 50 years went by," said retired employee Don Holdredge.

When Fiore Mattei was hired as employee #15, he didn't know what he would be doing there, let alone the fact that would be part of the foundation that created the largest plant for Pampers manufacturing.

"This was such a significant impact on our area to have a plant like this," said Mattei.

Now, there's 3,000 full-time employees and independent contractors working at the plant.

Among those in attendance at this celebratory luncheon was the CEO of Procter & Gamble, David Taylor. Taylor was the plant manager for Mehoopany from 1989-1992.

"Many of these people I worked with 25 years ago,"said Taylor. "Mehoopany was an important part of my personal development and it's an important part of the development of this business with the Bounty, the Charmin, and the baby care business."

Mary Ellen Belchick was Taylor's secretary.

"It's just almost unbelievable that somebody we knew as a regular worker with us would someday be the CEO of the company," said Belchick. "It's pretty exciting."

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