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Kimberly-Clark Tax Credit Bill Passes Wisconsin Assembly in Effort to Save Jobs

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

While the fate of the Kimberly-Clark plant in Corinth remains uncertain, the Wisconsin State Assembly last week passed a tax incentive bill in an effort to save jobs in that state.

The Wisconsin legislation would make two Kimberly-Clark facilities proposed for closure eligible for a 17 percent tax credit for existing jobs that pay $30,000 to $100,000 and/or a 15 percent capital investment credit, said Wisconsin State Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R-Neeenah.

As part of a Global Restructuring Program, Kimberly-Clark plans to reduce its global workforce by up to 5,500 jobs and close or sell about 10 manufacturing facilities. Kimberly-Clark has proposed closing two Wisconsin manufacturing plants, which employ a total of about 600 people.

“Kimberly-Clark has been a vital part of the Fox Cities community for over 140 years,” Rohrkaste said in a statement. “These plants employ our friends and neighbors with good, family-supporting jobs. This is why we are working together to do what’s best for the residents of the Fox Cities . . . We look forward to working with Kimberly-Clark to find a solution and help to keep these jobs here in the Fox Cities.”

Kimberly-Clark did not request an incentive package from Wisconsin but will reportedly consider the proposal.

The Wisconsin State Senate must still approve the bill.

In Corinth, Kimberly-Clark has about 160 company employees and another 140 contract employees.

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