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Kimberly-Clark to Close Arkansas Plant — No Specifics on Corinth Plant

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

Kimberly-Clark has announced that it will close an Arkansas plant four hours from Corinth.

The Conway, Ark. plant will close no later than 2021, according to Kimberly-Clark.

Corinth Today on Monday asked Kimberly-Clark for information on whether the Corinth plant would be closed.

Kimberly-Clark provided a statement that said, “Regarding the Corinth facility, the company will not provide specifics on the status of any of our mills beyond what was detailed in its initial announcement until final decisions are made and announced.

“The timing of those announcements will be determined by the needs of the business and appropriate consultation and/or negotiations with unions and other labor stakeholders.”

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

About a year ago, the company announced that it was “proposing to exit approximately 10 manufacturing facilities over the next three years across our global footprint.”

The approximately 344 employees of the Conway, Ark. plant were informed of that closure in December.

The decision to close the Conway plant came after Kimberly-Clark agreed to the terms of a $28 million incentive agreement that will allow the company’s Cold Spring facility in Wisconsin to stay open, saving close to 400 jobs. But another one of its Wisconsin plants in Neenah will be closed, impacting 74 employees.

“We do not take these decisions lightly, and our primary focus at this time is our employees,” the statement added.

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