Citing the need to expand beyond its "bursting" Princeton headquarters, manufacturer Church & Dwight announced Tuesday it is staying in New Jersey, and will build a new headquarters in Ewing.
The company announced, alongside Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, that two 125,000-square-foot buildings will be built in Ewing, with construction beginning later this month. The current Princeton location will be turned into a research and development center, while the company's manufacturing location in Lakewood also is expected to expand.
"Church & Dwight has experienced significant growth over the past 10 years, and our headquarters in Princeton has grown to a level that is now bursting," said James R. Craigie, chairman and CEO, in an announcement. "I commend the pro-business efforts of Governor Christie's administration and the incredible customer service that we received throughout our decision-making process. That, coupled with the incentives, is what our company needed to maintain our headquarters in New Jersey and keep our employees in the state."
The state is providing $13.5 million in assistance, according to published reports.
Roughly 1,000 jobs will remain in state with the company's decision to stay, and an expected 130 jobs within the company and several hundred construction jobs will be created.
"Across our state, job creators like Church & Dwight are responding to the positive changes we are making to grow our economy, while turning around the negative climate for job creators," Christie said at the announcement.