Clorox to move 1,100 workers to new research facility in Pleasanton

Planning Commission mum on tenant as it approves major change to Johnson Drive complex

The Clorox Company, a landmark business with a long history in Oakland where it is headquartered, plans to move much of its workforce into the empty 26-acre campus of the former Washington Mutual Bank call center in Pleasanton next year, the Weekly has learned.

Besides transferring as many as 700 employees and contract workers from its Oakland headquarters to Pleasanton, the company also plans to shutter its existing research facility, also on Johnson Drive, transferring its 400 management and research staff to the new corporate campus.

LBA Realty, which represents Clorox, won the approval last week of the Pleasanton Planning Commission to modify the 26 acre commercial center on Johnson Drive for Clorox to use for its expanded research and development operations. Although commission members knew of Clorox' plans to occupy the former WaMu campus, none asked questions to LBA's representative Paul Thometz about the new tenant, which was unusual given the scope of the Planned Unit Development modification they were considering.

Clorox will add a sixth building to the five-building campus, which earlier was also used as a call center by the former Providian credit card company. At one time, the street leading to the site from Hopyard Road was named Providian Way, with the city approving a name change to Washington Mutual Way when the bank purchased the property.

The site at 4900-5040 Johnson Drive is adjacent to Thoratec, another research and development company that manufactures medical devices.

The 65,000-square-foot sixth building planed by Clorox will increase the overall building area on this 26 acres site from 287,967 square feet to 352,441 square feet.

Clorox is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products with fiscal year 2010 revenues of $5.53 billion. With approximately 8,300 employees worldwide, the company manufactures products in more than two dozen countries and markets them in more than 100 countries. Founded in 1980, The Clorox Company Foundation has awarded cash grants totaling more than $80 million to nonprofit organizations, schools and colleges. In fiscal 2010 alone, the foundation awarded $3.5 million in cash grants million in cash grants, and Clorox made product donations valued at $8.8 million.

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Sep 22, 2010 at 8:44 am

I bet these workers are thankful for getting out of Oakland.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2010 at 8:45 am

That's great news for Pleasanton...I am please to hear the news. Oakland offers nothing anymore. I was born and raised in Oakland from 1940 to 1967...Oakland was much different then.

Congratulations Clorox you mad a wise move.

Julia from Alamo

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Congrats to Clorox on moving everyone to Pleasanton!! This will help our local economy. I'm glad to hear of this!!

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Posted by Mother of Two
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 23, 2010 at 8:12 am

This is great news! Will definitely help the Pleasanton restaurants in the area during the week.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 25, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Dont be surprised if they also introduce a certain amount or risk into the lives of healthy Plutonians.

They have never been problem proof and those problems could cause you serious health related problems.

Pretty is as pretty does...we'll all just have to wait n see!

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I have worked in Oakland for 29 years. I love Oakland. I live in Pleasanton and love Pleasanton as well.
Oakland has great things to offer. Some people are so ignorant.

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Ai Caramba!!! Cholo's back! Somebody cancel the missing person report!


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Posted by m
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Another private sector business moving into McNerney's district? McNerney will find a way to shut it down...just like NUMMI.
We can't have too many successful private sector businesses around here, in McNerney's opinion!!!

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