Kimberly-Clark announced on Tuesday in corporate earnings call that the company planned to cut 5,000 jobs in planned restructuring for this year.
Kimberly-Clark has two plants in Maumelle and Conway but the company didn’t say where the cuts would come.
“The company is not providing specifics on the status of any of our production facilities or the proposed job reductions, beyond what is detailed in our press release, until final decisions are made and announced” company spokesman Terry Balluck wrote in an e-mail on Tuesday morning. “The timing of those announcements will be determined by the needs of the business and appropriate consultation and/or negotiations with unions, works councils and other labor stakeholders.”
In addition to the personnel cuts, some 12 percent of its global workforce, the company also said it could possibly close or sell 10 of its manufacturing facilities.
The company also noted that despite the reductions, production could be increased at other facilities.
The Maumelle facility makes Huggies diapers while the Conway plant makes hygiene products for women.
Maumelle Mayor Mike Watson noted that the Kimberly-Clark plant in his city had “recently completed a building expansion” and that he hadn’t been made aware of any workforce reductions. The Conway plant also saw a $65 million expansion in 2010.
In a company press release, it noted that Kimberly-Clark, “expects to exit or divest some low-margin businesses … and are concentrated in the consumer tissue business segment.”