April 07, 2020

Kimberly-Clark to take 3 Winslow machines

WINSLOW — Kimberly-Clark Corp. is removing only three of approximately 15 machines in the finishing department of its tissue mill here, a decision that should make it easier to find a buyer, a union official said.

“It gives us a fighting chance to sell the mill,” said Michael Hamel, president of Local 431 of the United Paperworkers International Union.

Kimberly-Clark previously had announced plans to remove all machinery from the plant, but state and local officials urged the Dallas-based company to leave the facility intact.

The three machines Kimberly-Clark will remove from the factory are all protected by patent.

Kimberly-Clark announced late last year that it would close the mill by January, putting 260 employees out of work. Last week, union members approved a severance package negotiated with the company in December.

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