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Kimberly-Clark closes Belmont traffic-safety plant, eliminates 180 jobs

January 9, 2013
| By Pete Daly |
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Kimberly-Clark closes Belmont traffic-safety plant, eliminates 180 jobs
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The Kimberly-Clark Professional molding plant in Belmont that produces highway work zone safety products will close in June, resulting in the loss of about 180 jobs here, according to an announcement from Kimberly-Clark in Dallas.

Meetings were conducted earlier this week with the 180 employees who work at the Belmont facility to notify them of the plans to close the mill, according to a statement from Bob Brand of the Kimberly-Clark Corp. communications department.

Brand said eligible employees will receive a severance package, and Kimberly-Clark Professional has “committed to employees to have regular communications about the process as the transition occurs over the next five months.”

The Belmont facility produces Kimberly-Clark products such as safety flags, barricades and orange marker barrels. Brand said the company recently made a strategic decision to quit the work zone business and, as a result, ongoing operations of the site are no longer feasible.

After operation ceases at the mill in June, Kimberly-Clark will sell the property, according to Brand.

Company officials told the Business Journal last June that the plant produced about $40-million worth of safety-zone products annually. The 128,000 square foot injection-molding/blow-molding facility also makes or made the Jackson Safety brand of plastic welding helmets and goggles, hard hats and hearing protection, as well as the signage, traffic cones and similar equipment for highway construction zones.

The plant was a Jackson Safety property until 2009, when Kimberly-Clark bought the Missouri based parent company, Jackson Products Co.

Kimberly-Clark is a 140-year-old corporation known for its paper-based products, and it still owns brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend.

Company officials said last June the corporation also provides many types of paper-related products to the health care industry, including surgical towels, gowns, drapes and gloves.

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