Kimberly-Clark, the creators of Huggies and Kleenex, decided to relocate management, sales and marketing positions to the Windy City.
The move comes despite millions of concessions granted to Kimberly-Clark in 2018, WLUK reported.
Today, the 250 people who currently work at this Kimberly-Clark facility at Fox Crossing face tough decisions about their future.
“It wouldn’t surprise me at all if some people say Neenah or Chicago, and choose Neenah, because it’s a great place to raise your kids, to raise your kids,” Mayor Dean Kaufert said.
Mayor Kaufert said many of those affected likely lived in Neenah and said he spoke with Kimberly-Clark officials shortly after the company announced the jobs were headed out of the city. State.
“It was nothing in the region, strictly a commercial movement to create more efficiency,” Mayor Kaufert told me.
Kimberly-Clark declined an interview request, but in an email said the move allows the company to capitalize on the strengths of both markets and position its business in North America for sustainable growth. long-term.
The email also stated that all of Kimberly-Clark’s Wisconsin manufacturing sites would remain and would not be affected by the change.
In December 2018, the state and Kimberly-Clark reached a $ 28 million deal to keep its Fox Crossing manufacturing facility operating.
In a statement, CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Secretary Missy Hughes wrote that the state agency “is re-examining its contract with Kimberly-Clark to determine how this decision affects the company’s eligibility for the incentives. tax to maintain employment “.
“There’s some dismay on my part saying, ‘boy, we really went at bat for these guys, but I’m fine, I mean, what are you going to do?’ As long as they make it the minimum requirements and assure me they are, the mayor said.
Kimberly-Clark was actually founded in Neenah, Wisconsin in 1872, but its world headquarters moved to Dallas in 1986.