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.