Kimberly-Clark, maker of essential products including Huggies, Kleenex, Cottonelle, and Depend brands, has approved a $140 million investment to expand its manufacturing facility in Corinth, Mississippi. The project is expected to create at least 33 new full-time jobs.
According to the Mississippi Development Authority, the company plans to undertake its second major investment in the past 12 months, to further expand capacity and bring industry leading nonwovens capability in support of Kimberly-Clark’s continued growth in North America.
The project is the company’s largest ever investment in its global nonwovens capabilities. It will expand the Corinth facility by more than 150,000 square feet and install innovative new technology to manufacture nonwovens components primarily for Huggies, Pull-Ups, Poise and Depend products.
“Our Corinth team is excited about our growing role in bringing new innovations to life and supporting Kimberly-Clark’s future in the region,” said Vince Overholt, Facility Manager for Corinth Nonwovens. “Our highly skilled and engaged employees help make some of the world’s most essential products, and they have worked diligently to deliver results for the company, and strengthen our competitive position for the best talent in the region. This major expansion wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of our team, our past employees and the 40-year partnership with our local and state government officials.”
Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building construction as an incentive. In addition, Alcorn County is negotiating a fee-in-lieu agreement in support of the project. The Tennessee Valley Authority also is assisting with the project.
“Kimberly-Clark’s decision to expand for a second time in Corinth in just one year is a true testament to public-private partnerships that are committed to meeting companies’ needs so they achieve long-term growth and success in our state,” said MDA Interim Director John Rounsaville. “The Mississippi Development Authority is grateful to the leadership at The Alliance, Alcorn County and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Their dedication to building stronger communities through job creation once again pays off for Alcorn County as dozens of new jobs come online for the local workforce through Kimberly-Clark’s expansion.”
Kimberly-Clark employs more than 300 workers in Corinth between its nonwovens and K-C Professional facilities. The shared site produces nonwovens components for the company’s Huggies, Pull-Ups, Poise, Depend, WypAll and Block-it brand names, as well as industrial wipers under the WypAll* brand name.
“Kimberly-Clark’s investment shows their belief in and commitment to Corinth and Alcorn County, and for that we are very grateful.” said The Alliance Director of Business Development GT McCullough. “This is a major win for Alcorn County. We look forward to building on an already outstanding relationship with Kimberly-Clark to ensure their success for years to come.”