JobCentre staff standing by to help as Kimberly-Clark plant in Barton earmarked for closure
JobCentre staff are set to help support workers affected by the proposed closure of the Kimberly-Clark plant in Barton
A task force has been assembled by North Lincolnshire Council to help staff at the nappy-making factory, which employs around 480 people, to find new jobs.
Jo Corney, senior operations manager for JobCentre Plus, said the organisation would be among those working with the council.
She said: “JobCentre Plus will be on the task force.
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“As a partnership with North Lincolnshire Council, we will be joining forces with relevant partners to support people from Kimberly-Clark.
“We will be deciding as a task force what steps we have to take as a partnership to support the people.”
Barton trader Adam Rye, who owns the Reincarnate Safety workwear shop on High Street, said the Kimberly-Clark proposal came as a shock.
He said: “It is obviously a big blow for the town, especially at this time of year.
“It is a massive building and it would be good if another company went in there but I can’t see it happening.
“The closure would affect us because they use a lot of agency workers and they all have to wear black.