Kimberly-Clark, maker of essential products including Huggies, Kleenex, Cottonelle, and Depend brands, approved a $140 million investment to significantly expand its manufacturing facility in Corinth, Mississippi.
The project is the company’s largest ever investment in its global nonwovens capabilities, according to state officials. 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.
The investment is expected to deliver increased capacity, enhanced product performance and greater manufacturing efficiency. Kimberly-Clark employs more than 300 workers in Corinth between its nonwovens and K-C Professional facilities. With the expansion, the company will add at least 33 new full-time jobs to its current employee base.
“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.”
“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.”
MDA is providing assistance for building construction. 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 and its dedicated workforce in Corinth play an important role in millions of peoples’ lives every day, as the nonwoven materials produced at the facility are vital components for essential hygiene and safety products recognized and used around the world,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “I thank the Kimberly-Clark team for once again expanding and adding new jobs in Alcorn County. The economic development win once again shines the spotlight on this industry leader’s success in Mississippi.”
“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.”