Everett, WA Community Leaders React to Kimberly-Clark Mill Closure Announcement

December 8, 2011

Everett Economy, Everett Jobs

With today’s announcement that environmental hurdles led to a last-minute scuttling of sale talks between Kimberly Clark and Atlas Holdings, local community leaders issued the following statements…

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson:

“This is disappointing news,” Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson said. “Our hope is that both parties will reconsider and try to resurrect negotiations for a purchase-and-sale agreement before the end of the year. The City of Everett stands ready to do whatever we can to bring both companies back together.”

President and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County, Dennis G. Smith:

“We at United Way of Snohomish County are saddened to hear that the talks to sell the Kimberly-Clark plants in Everett have fallen apart.

The Kimberly Clark Mill and its employees have been an important resource to the community for a number of years. Their contributions ($2,222,409 since 1998) to United Way have helped to make Snohomish County what it is today. Many of the workers at the mill come from families that have worked there for generations. This is truly a great loss for our community.”

Our hearts go out to the 750 families who will be dealing with this loss and we are ready to help them at this difficult time by making sure they know how to access the support services available here in the county.”

Port of Everett Executive Director, John Mor:

“Our hearts go out to all the workers and families affected by today’s announcement,” Executive Director John Mohr said. “We are saddened by this development, as a lot of hard work and creativity went into getting the mill ready for a new owner. We hope the parties resume negotiations, and the environmental hurdles can be resolved.”

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