KCA Millicent Mill celebrates 50 years


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Next Tuesday July 6, Kimberly-Clark's Millicent Mill, manufacturer of popular Kleenex, Cottonelle, Viva, Wondersoft, Thick&Thirsty and Professional brands will celebrate 50 years of production and innovation.

The celebration starting at 10.30am will be marked by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by Local Wattle Range Council Mayor Mark Braes and Kimberly-Clark Australia (KCA) Managing Director Mark Wynne. The event will also see the official release of a commemorative history book called 'The Forest, the Lake and The Mill' featuring an introduction by South Australian Premier, Mike Rann.

Today KCA's Millicent/Tantanoola Mill is the largest single employer in the South- East Region of South Australia and accounts for around 14 percent of the economic output for the region, which is on the order of $830 million.

The Mill began as a joint venture between the then "Australian Paper Mills" and "Cellulose Australia" becoming well known as "APCEL".

Kimberly-Clark is proud to be one of the few remaining companies attracted to SA in the 1960's. Others at the time included Chrysler, General Motors, BHP, Philips, Mobil Oil and Bridgestone.

KCA plays a vital role in the Millicent community - thousands of hours have been worked by KCA staff on community projects and hundreds of thousands of dollars either raised or donated by the Company and its employee's social club.

Among the invited guests at the anniversary celebrations will be Millicent Mayor Mark Braes, local MP Don Pegler, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Mitch Williams and the Hon.Bernard Finnigan, MLC who will speak on behalf of the Premier.

KCA Mill Manager Scott Whicker says the coffee table-style book 'The Forest, the Lake and the Mill' provides a complete history of the development of the Millicent Mill, the many challenges faced in the past 50 years and the challenges to come. As the name suggests the links between the South-East's pine forests, Lake Bonney and the Millicent Mill are also explained. Work began on the book last year and was coordinated by a historical committee made up of KCA employees and Mill Managers both past and present and includes contributions from the various departments of the KCA Millicent Mill.

Kimberly-Clark is proud to celebrate this historic milestone in Australian manufacturing.