By Tim Kowols
Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen is worried about the domino effect the Kimberly-Clark plant closures in the Fox Valley could have on the rest of the state. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the paper products manufacturer announced January 31 that it would cut jobs and shed plants around the world, including over 600 positions and two facilities in Neenah and Fox Crossing. Governor Scott Walker has since announced plans to save the jobs by giving Kimberly-Clark millions of dollars in tax incentives, a deal similar to what was given to manufacturer Foxconn. With billions of dollars heading to Foxconn and more companies heading towards automation, Sen. Hansen is worried about the jobs that could be lost.
Democrats have proposed giving Kimberly-Clark a pair of $30 million revolving loans to retrofit their existing facilities so they operate better. Sen. Hansen says over 31,000 jobs are tied to the paper industry, a number that already took a hit when Appleton Coated announced it would cut 200 jobs last November.