Hogan: K-C is step closer to keeping area plants open

Posted on Jul 24, 2018 :: General, Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Mark Hogan

A day after the United Steelworkers union at Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s plant on Cold Spring Road in Fox Crossing approved a new collective bargaining agreement, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary & CEO Mark Hogan is optimistic a solution can be found to keep the plant open, saving 610 jobs.

“WEDC has had productive conversations with the company since February regarding how the legislation to provide Kimberly-Clark with state incentives would work with WEDC’s programs,” Hogan said in a statement. “We look forward to working with the company, Governor Walker and state legislators to find a path forward to secure Kimberly-Clark’s presence in Wisconsin for decades to come.”
In January, the Dallas-based company announced plans to close the Cold Spring facility as well as a non-wovens plant in Neenah. In response, the WEDC offered to work with the company to find a way to help the plants to stay open, such as passing legislation to provide refundable tax credits on wages and capital expenditures.
The concessions approved by the United Steelworkers would only go into effect if the Wisconsin Legislature approves a tax incentive package for Kimberly-Clark.