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60 jobs under threat after Flint firm announces closure plans

Kimberly-Clark site manager Euan Anderson

SIXTY jobs are under threat after a company announced plans to close a paper plant in Flint.

Kimberly-Clark said yesterday that Delyn Mill – which has been in the town for 23 years – could shut down by July.

Talks are under way between workers at the plant – which makes disposable hand towels – and company bosses.

Community leaders said the closure would be ‘devastating’ for the town.

“The potential loss of up to 60 jobs is an enormous blow to the workforce which will impact throughout the community,” said Delyn AM Sandy Mewies.

MP David Hanson said the news would come as a huge shock to the ‘hard-working and loyal’ staff.

“I am deeply saddened and extremely disappointed – it will be terrible news if this progresses,” he added.

The firm, whose global brands include Kleenex and Huggies, said it was making ‘strategic changes’ to focus on its ‘strongest products and markets’.

The Coleshill Mill plant, which produces toilet roll, tissues and wipes, will be unaffected.

Flint site manager Euan Anderson said: “It is with great regret that we start the consultation on the future of Delyn Mill as part of changes to our European business. No decision such as this is taken lightly.

“All employees will be treated respectfully and fairly during this stressful time. These are difficult decisions to take, but they are necessary to improve our competitive position and make Kimberly-Clark Professional’s European business stronger.”

A statement from the company added: “It is expected, if the closure option is adopted, that the mill will close by quarter three, 2013.”

Flint councillor Ian Roberts said: “The closure of any factory and the loss of jobs is devastating for the people it touches. My sympathies go to the people involved.”

Cllr David Cox, whose ward the plant is in, said he was shocked by the sudden announcement.

Kimberly-Clark has been in Flint since 1983, and Delyn Mill was opened in 1989. According to the company’s latest quarterly results, published yesterday, European sales fell 17%.