Category Archives: Manufacturing

Kimberly-Clark Loudon mill passes milestone

Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s Loudon mill recently passed a notable milestone – 1 million man-hours without a reportable injury.

The safety record was accomplished over 534 consecutive days and was the first time the mill had achieved the milestone in its 22 year history, the company said in a news release.

The mill, which produces Scott and Kleenex brand products, has 320 employees.

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RockTenn closing Knoxville box plant

Packaging manufacturer RockTenn is closing its corrugated box plant in Knoxville, a company official confirmed today.

Thirteen salaried and 75 hourly workers will lose their jobs. The plant will cease all operations by the end of August, said Robin Keegan, director, corporate communications.

The closure is “an economic decision based on plant capacity,” Keegan said.

RockTenn, based in Norcross, Ga., recently purchased Mid South Packaging LLC, a specialty corrugated packaging manufacturer with operations in Cullman, Ala., and Olive Branch, Miss.

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Eastman Chemical unloads PET biz for $600M

After years of trying, Eastman Chemical finally has found a way to make money off its PET business — sell it.

The Kingsport, Tenn.-based company announced on Monday it is selling its “PET business and related assets and technology of its Performance Polymers segment” for $600 million to DAK Americas LLC, a subsidiary of the Mexican conglomerate Alfa.

PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is used in synthetic fibers and food and drink containers.

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Clinton company keeping U.S. Marines warmer

1153d41693027c0fd60e6a706700913b.jpgWhen U.S. Marines climb into new sleeping bags they will be warmer thanks to a new insulation developed by Climashield, an insulation manufacturer in Clinton.

said recently it has been selected to provide insulation for the “3 Season Sleeping Bag” that is both lighter and warmer than the insulation used before.

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