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Clorox move to Pleasanton expected to gain City Council OK tonight

Oakland-based firm would transfer 700 to 26-acre corporate campus near Stoneridge Drive, Hopyard Road

The City Council tonight is expected to approve construction of an additional sixth office building on a 26-acre site in northwest Pleasanton that is being acquired by the Clorox Corporation.

Clorox, a landmark business with a long history in Oakland where it will continue to maintain its headquarters, is buying the site once occupied by the former Washington Mutual Bank call center. Before that, it was the service center of the former Providian credit card company.

The site acquisition and improvement are being handled by LBA Realty, which represents Clorox. LBA won the unanimous approval last month of the Pleasanton Planning Commission to modify the commercial center on Johnson Drive for Clorox to use for its expanded research and development operations.

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

Tonight's council action is expected to specifically approve a planned unit development change that will allow Clorox to build a sixth structure to the five-building campus. The 65,000-square-foot sixth building will increase the overall building area on the 26 acre site from 287,967 square feet to 352,441 square feet.

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

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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