Two area economic development organizations are encouraging the Wisconsin Senate to take up and pass a bill to provide Kimberly-Clark Corp. with tax incentives to keep its Cold Spring facility in Fox Crossing open.
Both the New North, Inc. and the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce released statements today in support of legislation creating a tax incentives package, which could total between $100 million and $115 million over 15 years.
Earlier this year, Kimberly-Clark announced plans to close the Cold Spring facility and its Neenah Non-wovens facility as part of its global restructuring efforts. After the announcement, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation developed a tax incentives plan offering a 17 percent tax credit, which is more than double the 7 percent currently allowed by the state. The State Assembly approved a bill allowing that change – AB 963 – but it stalled in the State Senate.
In July, the United Steelworkers and Kimberly-Clark reached a new bargaining agreement including union concessions that would go into effect if the plant remained open. Following the vote, the WEDC and Gov. Scott Walker then urged the State Senate to revisit AB 963 at a special session this fall since it is not scheduled to meet again until January. The Cold Spring facility employs about 400.
The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce issued a statement today asking the Senate to approve AB 963.
“Our community relies on consumer products manufacturing companies, like Kimberly-Clark, to provide high-paying jobs, not only as a direct employer, but through their greater economic impact,” Kathi Seifert, board chair of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. “The fight for jobs is greater than ever and we can’t afford to lose jobs to states who are more than happy to provide the economic conditions companies require.”
Keeping the plant open would be a “huge win” for Northeast Wisconsin, New North Executive Director Jerry Murphy said in a statement.
“We readily support all efforts to retain the operation, including necessary incentives,” he said. “A great amount of effort has been put forth by local and state elected officials and by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to find an effective legislative solution. We applaud that work and are hopeful that final steps can be taken to save the jobs, most of them union-affiliated.”
The Neenah Non-wovens facility, which employs about 90, is still slated for closure.
9 Responses to New North, Chamber urge passage of K-C tax incentive bill
It is tragic that you think and susport the taxpayers of Your state should ( bail out , assist , incentives) whatever you want to call it … the union should have made enough consecions it keep the plant open !! if the union and employees wanted it to stay open they would have done this. It’s not the place of the state government to settle union / company issues !! Plus k/c profited over 3 billion last year , don’t seam like a company in distress. I can’t believe your taxpayers would be for this if they know what it is. And it is your responsibility to vote for the people , the people of Wisconsin should flood the governments mail with letters and email of how you want them to vote !! Just my 2 cents worth. But it will be 115 million for youReply
What about our jobs in Conway Arkansas. We need our jobs too. If this bill passes, KC will close their Conway plant instead.Reply
I am employed at the Arkansas mill that is suppose to close if the the bill passes. I think maybe scare tactics are being used that just aren’t true. The state of Arkansas will not come close to what is being ask of the citizens of Wisconsin as far as offering tax credits to Kimberly Clark to stay open here. Our state leaders have said so, so I don’t understand where our retired executive VP for Kimberly-Clark is getting her information from when she makes a statement like you have reported in your article. The state of Arkansas is a balanced budget state. Which is a reason that KC is not being offered anywhere close to what your Governor has extended to KC. So please don’t feel threatened by that statement. We are watching and waiting here to see what our fate is going to be daily. Please extend our pleasantries to Kathi Seifert we all remember her well as a KC executive. We have just found out she just so happens to chair the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. It is all very interesting!Reply
Seams minds are set. Notice how much input Conway Mill has had.Reply
Is this the same Kathi Seifert that retired as a Excutive Vice President of Kimberly-Clark? If it is does she still own Kimberly-Clark stock? Who did she get her information from in Arkansas because our state leaders have already said they couldn’t compete with the offer from Wisconsin. They also said they would not put that burden on the taxpayers of Arkansas and wondered how the Wisconsin Senate could possibly support such a deal.Reply
I just want an answer, one way or the other. I’m tired of being in limbo, with nobody giving any real or detailed information. There are several of us, at the Conway, Arkansas plant, that feel different answers are being given to the same questions being asked, in different meetings. We have to make plans for ourselves and our families, no matter the outcome. We feel like we are running in circles, trying catch our own tails.Reply
I can’t believe that the taxpayers in Winsconsin is “ok” with this taxation without representation, much less their representatives actually believe it is their duty to resolve grievances between a company and their employees. KCC brings absolutely nothing to the table, but their hat and a big appetite for everyone else money. They are not expanding that facility, nor are they adding jobs. They are nothing more than leech on the taxpayers buttocks. They have taken the Trump tax incentives and have warped and twisted them to allow them to shut down US manufacturing while allowing their overseas plants to remain untouched, far. Now they have pitted two unwilling plants against one another in yet another maniacal fashion, all the while calling it “good business.” If KCC is allowed to succeed in this malevolent behavior of extortion and blackmail, they will have in essence usurped the intent and redefine the definition of state government. I use this strong term because their actions are well though out and intentional premeditated if you will.Reply
I don’t blame Arkansas’s politicians for not trying to match the unreasonable amount Wisconsin government is acting like they want to offer Kimberly Clark to keep a mill open. I don’t get how a state can throw tax payers money at a multi-billion dollar profitable company to save 400 or so jobs. I don’t get the big picture I guess. Seems like people I work with above have made a lot of right to the point comments. I don’t see the tax payers of Wisconsin saying anything. Do they know that some of there elected officials are wanting to give a profitable company (Kimberly Clark) 100 million plus of their tax money to save 400 jobs. Think able it does that make sense.Reply
It was all premeditated I believe, I think Conway Mills was picked initially in the 10 plants they were closing. Management just kept that a secret so the could use Conway as a bargaining tool to get Coal Hill to vote to lower their wages and they fell for it. Plus the governor of the State of Wisconsin offering a company that profits MILLIONS each year a bailout using 100 Million dollars of taxpayers money. That in itself is just unreal. But Kimberly Clark Corporate is the only winner and 600 employees their that took a pay cut. Kimberly Clark knew I believe exactly what they were going to do using Conway Mills as leverage and scare tactics to get what they wanted them to do and it worked. I believe they had full intentions of closing Conway Mills in the first place. The Taxpayers of Wisconsin needs to stand up for and to their politicians in their state for using their tax dollars for a bailout for a Billions of dollar profitable Company such as Kimberly Clark Co. Sincerely, Retiree from KCReply