K-C to close two Wisconsin facilities; 600 redundancies

Kimberly-Clark will close its Neenah facility and Cold Spring plant as part of its announced global restructuring programme.

Some 100 staff will be made redundant at the Neenah plant, which makes nonwoven fabric products, while 500 staff will lose their jobs at the Cold Spring plant, which makes personal care products including Depend adult incontinence products.

A spokesman for K-C told TWM: “As part of the recently announced global restructuring programme, which is occurring within the next three years, Kimberly-Clark can confirm that it has informed employees at the Neenah (WI) Cold Spring Facility, and the United Steelworkers Local 2-482 leadership, of its proposed plan to close this facility.

“No specific timing has been announced, and any final decisions relating to this facility will be announced by the company after appropriate consultation and/or negotiations with the union and other labour stakeholders.”

However, K-C informed staff at the Neenah Nonwovens facility of its plan to close the site within the next 18 months.

The spokesman added: “Business decisions that impact our employees are among the most difficult ones to make – we don’t take such decisions lightly.

“We remain committed to treating our employees fairly and respectfully.

Further, Kimberly-Clark remains committed to the community as one of the largest employers in the Fox Cities, and Neenah will continue to be the headquarters for our North American consumer business.”


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