Workforce development leaders helping KC employees

    Kimberly-Clark's Neenah Nonwovens Facility is seen, Jan. 31, 2018. (WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

    NEENAH (WLUK) -- The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board is taking steps to help workers during the shutdown of Kimberly-Clark's Neenah Nonwovens Facility.

    Kimberly-Clark announced last year the facility would close as part of its plans to cut 5,000 to 5,500 jobs worldwide. On Thursday, the company said the plant would close by May 31.

    Local workforce development officials say 74 employees will be affected by the closure. The workforce development board says it is working to schedule an employee outreach session, which will include an overview of the services offered by the board and at the local Job Center, and information on unemployment insurance. The board will also evaluate employees for job readiness and will help them begin the process of looking for new jobs.

    “Because this is not an immediate closure, the Board will work with company leadership to create a transition plan for these employees which will allow the Neenah plant to complete any remaining orders and allow for an orderly wind-down of operations,” Anthony Snyder, CEO of the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, said in a news release. “It’s a balancing act whenever there’s an announced future closure. We have a mandate to do everything we can to help the soon-to-be displaced worker, but also ensure the employer is able to meet its obligations to its customers.”

    The workforce development board may also consider offering basic computer classes and a private job fair, or direct them to more intensive training programs paid for by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a federal program of the U.S. Department of Labor created to serve eligible adults, youth and dislocated workers.

    Kimberly-Clark's Neenah Nonwovens Facility is separate from the Cold Spring Facility in Fox Crossing, which will stay open following a deal with the state for the company to receive tax incentives.

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