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ANDREW JERGENS COMPANY ANNOUNCES PLANT CLOSING

 /ADVANCE/ CINCINNATI, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Andrew Jergens Company today announced its plans to close its manufacturing operations at its Perth, Ontario, plant effective Nov. 12, 1993.
 The Perth facility will be offered for sale as a result of this announcement. Jergens has decided to consolidate its manufacturing at the Cincinnati main plant. The Jergens Canada Inc. head office and distribution center located in Mississauga, Ontario, will continue to service the unique needs of the Canadian market.
 Eighty-six employees will be affected at the Perth facility and severance plans have been offered to all individuals.
 Jergens said it regrets the need to close this plant, yet this action is part of a strategic plan to ensure the competitive positioning within North America for all of Jergens' current product lines, and for future personal care developments. Production requirements for the Canadian market will be serviced by the Jergens plant in Cincinnati. This plant is being upgraded and modernized to accommodate the expanded capacity needs and enhance its overall capabilities.
 The Andrew Jergens Company, based in Cincinnati, was founded in 1882. Today, Jergens' Canadian product lines include lotions, soaps and shampoos. Jergens is a subsidiary of the Kao Corporation of America, the U.S. arm of the Kao Corporation of Japan, a major consumer packaged goods company.
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 /CONTACT: Chuck Eichberg of Kao Corporation of America, 416-564-2002/


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