Thirty six years ago, Kimberly-Clark opened its plant on 238 acres of former pasture land off Southwest Loop 286 in Southwest Paris. The facility was built to produce and distribute Huggies brand diapers, and employment was expected to peak at about 250 people.
Today, 1,000 people work at the site, including 650 Kimberly-Clark employees and 350 contract workers. Last year, the Paris Plant shipped 40 million cases of products to locations all over the world. On average, about 50 trucks a day leave the 1.3 million square-foot facility full of Huggies diapers and Pull-Ups training pants.
“The Paris Plant team is known throughout Kimberly-Clark for its strong work ethic and its ability to embrace change,” Plant Manager James Alspaugh said. “Routinely, the Paris team is called on to be the first for implementing business initiatives.”
Kimberly-Clark counted on the Paris team to commercialize first-of-a-kind products. Three of Kimberly-Clark’s global brands were “born” in Paris: Pull-Ups training pants in 1989, GoodNites underwear in 1994 and Little Swimmers swim pants in 1997.
The plant doubled in size as the training pant business grew globally.
Over the past four years, several of the original diaper machines have been replaced with proprietary, state-of-the-art machines.
Diaper products have seen significant innovation over the past three decades, becoming more absorbent and better fitting, with improved skin health. These innovations have enabled Kimberly-Clark to always vie for leadership in the combined North American diaper and training pant markets.
Kimber-Clark’s Paris employees are also dedicated to the local community and participate in the company’s annual United Way drive. During the campaign, the company matches its employees’ contributions dollar for dollar and raised over $53,000 in 2018.
In July 2017, the Paris plant was awarded a seventh Crystal Globe Safety Award for reaching one million safe work hours.
“During the past 36 years, Kimberly-Clark has manufactured some of its most trusted brands here due to a dedicated workforce and longstanding support from community leaders,” Alspaugh said. “We look forward to the continued partnership with the Paris community for many years to come.”