The Boston Globe is reporting that Procter & Gamble is moving the Gillette manufacturing operations out of South Boston. For over 100 years, the company has been making razor blades along Fort Point Channel. This means it frees up 31 acres for redevelopment.
According to the article, much of the manufacturing work will be moved to a 150-acre P&G campus in Andover. About 750 corporate, engineering, and research and development employees will remain in South Boston. According to the Globe, P+G has not yet decided whether it will keep its South Boston operations on part of the current campus or if it will sell the entire site and move into leased office and lab space nearby.
This should probably not come as a complete surprise, considering that P&G has sold off several acres in the last few years. Just like much of the neighborhood, it’s being redeveloped at a rapid pace. You can read the full details of the closure here.
You can read our History Lesson on King Camp Gillette – the founder of Gillette – here.