A plant expansion in Pineville, Louisiana set the stage for a transfer of jobs from one Procter & Gamble (IW 500/11) plant to another.

While the Augusta, Georgia plant will lose 160 jobs over the next 12-18 months, the Louisiana facility will gain 50.

The shift is due to the company moving its powdered-detergent operations from Georgia to Louisiana facility which already makes liquid detergent.

The officials say many of those employees will be offered jobs at other company locations in the U.S.

"P&G is a great company and a great corporate citizen in Central Louisiana," said Jim Clinton, CEO of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. "The productivity of the workforce at the Pineville plant has created another opportunity to expand the company's footprint here. We are deeply grateful for this decision and for P&G's continued growth in our region."

In March, P&G completed a $100 million expansion at its Pineville facility to enable the plant and the company to deliver one of its newest products, Tide Pods, which launched in February.

To secure the expansion, Louisiana offered P&G a performance-based grant of $3.4 million to offset a portion of the costs for new training facilities, infrastructure and equipment, as well as use of the state's Retention and Modernization Program, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office said.

The company also is expected to make use of the state's Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.

In addition, P&G will receive a customized workforce solution from LED FastStart to create a customized workforce recruitment program, applicant screening and training development.