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Mystery walnut turns out to be Proctor and Gamble, and it's growing
Terms of state help for a major expansion are not yet set

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JobsOhio, the state’s semi-private development arm, says 800 jobs are coming to the Dayton area. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports Procter and Gamble is investing $90 million in a new logistics facility in the city of Union.

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This actually is not the first time these jobs have been announced. But it’s the first time a company name has been attached to them.

Until now the investment has gone by the codename “Project Walnut.”

Turns out the mystery walnut is actually Procter and Gamble, the Cincinnati-based producer of a line of products ranging from Head and Shoulders to Tide and Bounty.

John Applegate is the Union City manager.

“We’ve all been through tough economic times the last five or six years, and so this is just great news. That’s what it means. There’s just no other way to describe it; it’s awesome.”

Procter and Gamble is working with two contractors, who plan to hire about 800 people to staff the new distribution center. It’s set to open in 2015.

JobsOhio says the state will offer incentives to the company, but those numbers aren’t yet set in stone.

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