With toilet paper, paper towels and even diapers flying off shelves due to panic-buying in light of the COVID-19 spread, local manufacturing site Kimberly-Clark is doing its part to keep these products coming.
Kimberly-Clark plays a huge role in the international supply of various products that are produced for big-name brands such as Cottonelle, Scott, Kleenex, Huggies, Kotex and more. One-quarter of the world’s population uses Kimberly-Clark materials on a daily basis.
Local grocery stores such as Walmart, Kroger and Sam’s Club are currently having to restock their supplies of these products to keep up with demand. Despite many factories closing up shop during this coronavirus pandemic, Kimberly-Clark is continuing production at high speed.
“We want to assure consumers that we are doing our best to ensure a steady supply of products to stores, and Kimberly-Clark is working closely with our retail partners and customers to understand their current needs,” said Terry Balluck, media relations director for the company.
Balluck said Kimberly-Clark has plans in place to meet the steadily high demand of products it produces. They will address that demand to the extent that is feasibly possible for their employees and equipment.
That will include accelerating production and reallocating inventory to help meet those needs, Balluck said. Adjustments to that plan will be made as necessary.
“In addition, the health and safety of our people is our top priority, and Kimberly-Clark has taken extra steps to keep our people and their families safe and healthy — in Owensboro and around the world,” Balluck said.
These enhanced safety measures will apply to their office, mill and distribution center operations. These measures were developed in line with guidance from global health authorities.
“These plans also help ensure the continued supply of our essential products,” he said.
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