Kimberly-Clark Corp. is in the process of investing $115 million in its Fox Crossing plant and plans to hire 120 machine operators and 10 maintenance electricians and mechanics by the end of 2020.
The investment in the plant along with the additional jobs is part of the commitment K-C made when it received $28 million in state tax incentives in late 2018 as part of a plan to keep the plant open.
In early 2018, K-C released a list of 10 facilities — including the Fox Crossing plant — it planned to close as part of a cost-savings initiative. The Neenah Nonwovens Plant also was on the list, and it closed this past spring, putting 74 employees out of work.
To keep the Fox Crossing plant open, K-C agreed with the state to employ at least 2,400 workers in Wisconsin in the next five years. The Cold Spring plant currently has about 575 employees.
In addition to bringing on new workers, K-C agreed to invest in the Fox Crossing facility. The company says it will spend $200 million on the plant within the next five years. A 135,000-square-foot warehouse is under construction at the plant and should open by the end of the year. Additional equipment — including the latest computer-controlled equipment — also will be added to the facility by the end of 2020.