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Energizer Will Add 270 Jobs at Playtex Facility in Dover

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - WBOC is getting new information on hundreds of additional jobs coming to the Playtex facility in Kent County. 

Energizer, which owns Playtex, announced over the summer it was moving production from a facility in Montreal, Canada to its operation in Dover. At the time Energizer didn't release many details about the additions.

This week Energizer said it will be adding about 270 jobs in Dover. That's about a 50 percent increase in the workforce.

Chris Crowell, vice president of Energizer's Personal Care Division, says growing the operations at the Dover Playtex facility is a process that includes prepping the site, realigning and relocating equipment, and adding 40,000 sq. Ft. To the building - roughly a $40 million investment.

And, of course, there are all those jobs.

"The expectation is there'd be somewhere in the range of 210 wage colleagues and about 60 staff colleagues at this point," Crowell said. "Wage colleagues are the ones within manufacturing who run the equipment, maintain the equipment, move the materials."

That's lots of job openings for people who need them. Outside Carroll's Plaza in Dover, which has the local unemployment office, were Ryan Lefort and Ardez Collins. Collins has been out of work for six months.

"That's going to be a very good opportunity for a lot of people who don't have that many skills," he said.

"I think it would be a good opportunity for a lot of people," Lefort said. "Because I know a lot of people who have been looking for jobs."

Alan Levin, director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, says Energizer didn't get any local incentives for the move but did get state incentives. Monday the Council on Developmental Finance approved up to three million dollars in incentives for job additions and capital improvements.

"The best part about capital improvements are the more they put into that building, the more that they do, the more it cements them to the State of Delaware and to Dover," Levin said.

Crowell says moving production from Montreal to Dover will go in phases. It will start in late 2015 and run through mid-2017. Hiring has already begun for some jobs, mostly engineers.

This the third time in the past few years a company with a big local presence in Kent County has taken jobs from another country and brought them to lower Delaware.

In 2012 Kraft Foods in Dover expanded creating 29 new jobs. Those jobs came from Mexico.

In 2013 Frederica-based ILC Dover put a new plant in Seaford. That created 115 jobs. Those jobs also came from Mexico.

Now Playtex is growing in Dover with 270 new jobs coming from Canada.

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