K-C announces closure date for Neenah plant

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A year after Kimberly-Clark Corp. placed its Neenah Nonwovens facility on a list of plants it planned to close, the consumer products manufacturer has announced the site will close March 31.

Headquartered in Dallas, K-C notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that 74 people will lose their jobs when the plant, which manufactures non-woven fabric products, closes. The employees will leave in stages between mid-March and the end of May.

Originally, K-C included the Cold Spring plant in Fox Crossing on its list of sites being closed as part of its global restructuring efforts, but the manufacturer changed course in mid-December after receiving a $28 million tax incentive from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board is leading a Rapid Response effort for the employees losing their jobs. The organization is working with local K-C leadership to schedule an employee outreach session, which will include an overview of the services offered through the board and at the local Job Center, as well as information on unemployment insurance. The employees also will be evaluated for job readiness and begin the process of finding their next role.

“Nearly every employer along the I-41 corridor is seeking skilled labor to fill their open positions and many of these employees will no doubt find new roles very quickly,” said Anthony Snyder, CEO of the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board. “Our first step will be to evaluate them on their skills, determine if any are eligible for re-training programs and then work with them individually to create fresh resumes and plan a job search strategy.”