Help coming for Kimberly-Clark workers

MENASHA, Wis. -

Employees of Kimberly-Clark in Neenah are wondering what comes next after the company announced layoffs Wednesday morning.

 

The Fox Cities Job Center in Menasha is just one of the resources to help hundreds of workers find new jobs, and some say it’s a process that shouldn't take very long.

"Making pretty good wage and benefits so we have to make sure we assist them into new positions that are comparable,” said Jim Golembeski, Executive Director, Bay Area Workforce Development.

 

His agency is teaming up with those in the Fox Cities, and plan to help workers find new jobs, the same way they've helped former Appleton Coated workers.

 

"We held a job fair a couple of months ago for the Appleton Coated people, we easily brought in about 50 employers with comparable pay and benefits who were looking to hire these individuals, so there's quite a demand out there,” Golembeski said.

 

That demand mixed with years of experience in some cases could mean people will walk into new jobs before their old ones are gone.

"People have been there for a long time, some of them, most all of their careers, but they are still coming out into an economy where other employers are really looking for people with their skills,” Golembeski said.

 

The Department of Workforce Development says it plans to meet with each of the affected workers and says the outlook of the paper industry in Wisconsin is still looking strong.

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