Kimberly-Clark is currently creating an on-site power and steam production facility in Owensboro, a $19 million project that is expected to be completed by Spring 2021.
According to officials with the company, the project will drive greater energy efficiency throughout its operations. The company currently produces a quarter of the world’s tissues, paper towels, toilet paper and diapers for brands such as Huggies, Cottonelle, Plenitud, Andrex, Scott and Kimberly-Clark Professional.
“The project will allow our tissue manufacturing for Kimberly-Clark Professional business to be more energy self-reliant and more sustainable from an air quality standpoint,” said Owensboro plant manager Matt Gerdeman.
Gerdeman said Kimberly-Clark was committed to doing its part to address climate change, saying the $19 million capital project would ultimately shift existing jobs from the current operations.
Gerdeman said the high-efficiency power and steam production facility would enhance the facility’s competitive position in Kimberly-Clark’s global tissue supply network.
“If public health conditions allow, we will hold some kind of dedication event in 2021 after the energy facility begins operation, but no official date has been set,” Gerdeman said.