Harrisburg, PA– State Senator Tom Killion (R-9) and Representative Brian Kirkland (D-159) report their efforts to help keep 600 jobs in Chester City cleared a key hurdle with the announcement of a $6 million grant for Kimberly-Clark in Chester City, Delaware County.
The $6 million state Redevelopment Assistance Grant is being offered to support a proposed $150 million infrastructure upgrade project that would modernize the mill’s electricity and steam supply and vital infrastructure supporting the tissue production operation. If the project is approved by the company, the investment by the state and Kimberly-Clark would have significant long-term environmental benefits and help ensure that approximately 600 full-time jobs remain in Chester, Delaware County.
“I am proud to have led the efforts to secure this state support to keep 600 jobs in Delaware County. Over a year ago I met with project stakeholders and heard about a scenario in which the plant’s future viability could be in jeopardy upgrades were not made while at the same time other states were working to entice Kimberly-Clark to relocate their plant. This partnership with Kimberly-Clark would help ensure that the facility and 600 good-paying jobs stay in Delaware County,” said Senator Killion.
“This manufacturing facility is a huge asset to the City of Chester and I am glad to have worked with Governor Wolf, Senator Killion, and Kimberly-Clark to help make the case for keeping this international company here in Chester City,” said Representative Kirkland.
The energy supply modernization investment would increase energy efficiency, and allow the Mill to transition away from the use of waste coal to cleaner burning fuels for energy supply. This change would substantially reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and also eliminate the need for 75 truck trips per day related to the use of waste coal at the plant.
“The switch to cleaner burning fuels would have huge environmental benefits for the region which makes this project event more valuable to the region,” added Senator Killion.
“The improvements to the mill emissions from these upgrades will not only benefit the environment, but they will also help improve air quality and improve the health of neighbors living near the plant in Chester City,” concluded Rep. Kirkland.
Office of Senator Tom Killion: Mike Stoll, 610-436-3320
Office of Representative Kirkland: Malcom Yates, 610-876-6420