140 jobs created with firm’s opening

Councillor Peter Goldsworthy and Giles Turrell open the new Kimberley-Clark building in Buckshaw Village
Councillor Peter Goldsworthy and Giles Turrell open the new Kimberley-Clark building in Buckshaw Village
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Around 140 jobs are being created in Chorley with the arrival of a global health care giant.

Kimberly-Clark’s new fully automated distribution centre in Revolution Park, Busckshaw Village, was officially opened on Thursday.

The firm, which employs 56,000 people worldwide and enjoys annual sales of $19.7billion, is based in the former Wolseley distribution centre site after concluding a £24m deal.

More than £7m has been spent on installing a sophisicated automated storage system for the the 360,000 sq ft warehouse, which will be able to hold more than 60,000 pallets of products.

Kimberly-Clark is behind brands like Kleenex tissues, Andrex toilet rolls and Huggies and they chose Chorley after an exhaustive search for a new distribution base in the North West.

Peter Surtees, supply chain director for Kimberly-Clark, said: “This Chorley site is a win-win.”

* Full story in next week’s Guardian.