Contact(s): Shelley Heilman, DNR, 608-267-0873; Duane Shukoski, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, 920-721-7296
NEENAH, Wis. - Kimberly-Clark's Kimtech facility joined Wisconsin's Green Tier program today with a flag raising celebration. In addition to celebrating the facility's involvement in Wisconsin's voluntary environmental program, attendees also celebrated Kimtech's safety record. Kimtech has been accident-free for over three years.
The Kimtech facility, located in the city of Neenah in Winnebago County, provides machinery and equipment solutions for Kimberly-Clark Corporation. These machines are used worldwide in the manufacture of well-known global brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Poise and Depend.
"We are pleased to welcome the Kimtech facility into Green Tier," said Jean Romback-Bartels, Secretary's Director. "By raising the Green Tier flag, they display the vision of Wisconsin's future as an economic leader where the environment is protected."
Kimtech joins the Tier 1 level of the Green Tier program, which is designed to encourage, recognize and reward companies that are committed to superior environmental performance. Participants must have a good environmental record and implement an Environmental Management System, which is used to set goals, assess progress and identify improvements.
Kimberly-Clark's Corporate Vision Program provides baseline environmental objectives for all facilities and includes identifying areas of continual improvements. With a strong focus on sustainability, Kimberly-Clark aims to reduce environmental impacts at every stage of its products' lifecycles including design, raw materials, manufacturing, transport, use and final disposal.
The Kimtech facility plays an integral role in the corporation's sustainability efforts. As potential efficiencies are identified at other facilities, Kimtech builds or refurbishes their machinery to make the improvements a reality. These technology improvements often help reduce the use of natural resources and waste from manufacturing.
Kimtech started using its EMS earlier this year. While doing things for the environment is nothing new for Kimtech, it is finding great benefits with the systematic approach that strategically helps focus environmental efforts and documentation.
"The Kimtech team has embraced Kimberly-Clarks Sustainability 2022 Framework," said Duane Shukoski, environmental coordinator for the Kimtech facility. "This group has the tools in place to measure and evaluate their environmental effectiveness for 2022 and beyond."
Kimtech's environmental performance goals for 2017 include:
Kimtech joins three other Kimberly-Clark facilities in Green Tier including Neenah Cold Spring, Neenah Nonwovens and the Kimberly-Clark Experimental Mill. Kimberly-Clark is a global company with more than 43,000 employees working at manufacturing facilities in 39 countries.