Omya to close facility in Kimberly by end of 2014

Special to The Freeman

April 9, 2014

KIMBERLY – Omya, Inc. will close its facility in Kimberly, resulting in about 21 people losing their jobs, according to the Department of Workforce Development.

Kimberly Carbonates LLC at 339 N. Wilson St. will be shut down no later than Dec. 31, according to a letter received by the DWD on Wednesday.

The decision to close the facility is to allow the company to “align its production capacities with market demand for the paper industry. In addition, it provides the company with the ability to optimize its production foot-print, reduce end-to-end costs and better serve customers,” according to the letter.

Of the 21 positions to be eliminated, 19 are hourly and two are salaried. Each employee will receive a 60-day notification letter informing them of their final day of work. Omya will pay each employee a severance and retention bonus in addition to continued health care coverage if they remain employed by the company until the final plant closure date, according to the letter.

Omya manufactures products for the paper, paint and plastics industries.