• interstate 41 Corridor
Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties
K-C to move 250 jobs to Chicago, names new group president
Kimberly-Clark announced it will move more than 250 positions in sales, marketing and executive management from Wisconsin to Chicago, where it will open a new commercial center for its North American consumer products in the first fiscal quarter of 2022.
More than 2,500 employees will remain in Wisconsin, the company stated, and the move won’t affect manufacturing operations. The Neenah campus will become the North American Innovation, Technology and Supply Center.
K-C also announced an executive leadership change. Russ Torres, president of Kimberly-Clark Professional, was named group president of Kimberly-Clark North America, taking over for Kim Underhill, who is departing the company after a 33-year tenure. In his new role, Torres will lead Kimberly-Clark’s North American consumer business.
• West Central
Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties
ThedaCare takes over Rural Health Initiative
The Rural Health Initiative has become a program of ThedaCare and now operates under the name ThedaCare Rural Health Initiative.
The initiative began after seeing a need in rural communities. In 2003, ThedaCare’s Community Health Action Team began looking at the health of farm families, recognizing the stress and limited access to care for those families. The solution was to take health care to the farm, meeting people where they live and work.
Under the ThedaCare Rural Health Initiative, the RHI outreach health coordinators will continue to offer the same free and confidential services, including health visits at farm families’ homes and businesses, screenings and tests for chronic health problems with immediate results, health coaching, wellness education and interpretation services, if needed.
• The Lakeshore
Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties
Redline Plastics will double production space with expansion
Redline Plastics broke ground on a 103,000-square-foot expansion to its Manitowoc manufacturing facility. The expansion will more than double the production space of its current facility, completed in December 2019.
The additional space, which will be completed in August, is needed due to rapid growth in Redline’s rotational molding and vacuum forming businesses. When Redline opened its new manufacturing facility, the company employed 75 people. It now employs 145 with about 25 job openings and more to come as the expansion is completed. The expansion is an investment of over $6 million into the building and capital equipment.
Big Brothers Big Sisters merges Sheboygan, Manitowoc agencies
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County is expanding by merging with a sister agency in Manitowoc County to better serve children along the lakeshore. The two organizations will operate under the name Big Brothers Big Sisters WI Shoreline.
Led by Sheboygan CEO Denise Wittstock, the merged organization aims to serve more children with mentoring programs in a more effective manner while creating a stronger, more sustainable agency. Combined, the organizations will be able to expand community collaborations with schools, community-based organizations and corporations serving both counties. The merger will increase fund development opportunities and financial stability while reducing costs.
• The Northwoods
Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties
PFAS results to be withheld for now following ruling
Wisconsin environmental regulators have reached an agreement with Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and won’t release results of water sampling for unregulated PFAS chemicals until the courts decide whether state law allows for testing of the manmade compounds.
The agreement between the Department of Natural Resources and WMC means water sampling from industrial and municipal treatment plants for PFAS can continue, but the results will not be released to the public.
The agreement filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court replaces a judge’s temporary restraining order issued on a lawsuit brought by WMC, which wanted to block the DNR from testing for PFAS, which have been shown to cause cancer and other illnesses.
WMC’s complaint alleges that the DNR has unilaterally and unlawfully changed the requirements for the state’s Remediation and Redevelopment program and the Voluntary Party Liability Exemption program without going through the required rulemaking process. Those programs allow private parties to work cooperatively with the department on environmental cleanup.
Tyco Fire Products, a manufacturer of firefighting foam, has reported high levels of toxic PFAS chemicals from water samples in a runoff ditch near its Marinette County facility. In January, Johnson Controls, the parent company of Tyco Fire Products, agreed to pay $17.5 million to Peshtigo area residents whose water was contaminated by PFAS from the Marinette plant.