Chester, Pennsylvania, USA 04 September 2018 -- (From news reports) -- Kimberly Clark plans to invest $150 million in its Chester site in transforming its co-generation power plant from a coal-fired one into one fueled by natural gas.
The Chester mill employs more than 800 people in a 1.8-million-square-foot facility on the 61.5-acre campus. There, they primarily manufacture the Scott 1000 toilet paper for North America.
Seven years ago, the company was restructuring other pulp manufacturing facilities and Chester was not included in those plans. Now, company officials have included Chester among those to undergo capital investments, including the three-year project of replacing the co-generation power plant.
"Kimberly-Clark continues to fulfill its commitment to reinvesting in our U.S. business," said Adrian Poretti, vice president of Supply Chain for Kimberly-Clark North America, said. "So far this year, we've announced investments in three of our North American mills, including here in Chester, making improvements to support our overall growth."
Kimberly-Clark is spending much of this $150 million to replace the on-site coal-fired co-generation power plant with one that is natural gas-fired. Company officials say the natural gas-fueled plant will be more environmentally friendly and efficient.
Company representatives said other on-site infrastructure improvements will be completed through this investment.
The company also received a $6 million state grant administered by the Delaware County Commerce Center and the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for the co-generation energy project.