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Kimberly-Clark notifies state it will close plant by May 31

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MADISON, Wis. - Kimberly-Clark Corp. has notified Gov. Tony Evers' administration that it will close its plant in Neenah by May 31.

The Department of Workforce Development announced Thursday that the paper products giant had provided the workforce reduction notice.

The plant's closure was first announced a year ago. Kimberly-Clark also initially said it planned to close a larger facility that employs about 400 people in nearby Fox Crossing, but decided to keep it open after then-Gov. Scott Walker's administration executed a $28 million deal to save it.

Kimberly-Clark says 74 workers will lose their jobs at the Neenah nonwovens plant between March 15 and March 29, with the rest eliminated by the end of May. About 100 people work at the plant.

A spokesman for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the state's job creation agency, says they were aware that Kimberly-Clark still intended to close the Neenah facility when the state awarded them $28 million in incentives last month.

The contract the state issued with the company requires them to keep 2,418 people employed in Wisconsin, so if they are cutting 74 jobs in Neenah, they must be replaced elsewhere to keep the incentives.

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