Kimberly-Clark Acquires Jackson Safety

Kimberly-Clark Corporation said today it has acquired Jackson Products, Inc., a privately held PPE company with its headquarts in Fenton, Mo. Jackson Products, Inc., known as Jackson Safety, provides warning devices and a full panoply of protective products for welding safety and construction, including first aid, respiratory protection, eyewear, and apparel.

"The acquisition of Jackson Safety is consistent with our global business plan strategy to accelerate growth of high-margin workplace solutions," said Jan Spencer, president of Kimberly-Clark Professional. "Jackson Safety brings a wealth of strengths to Kimberly-Clark's Professional business, including an outstanding product portfolio and a highly experienced sales force. It enables us to focus resources more effectively by increasing sales and marketing manpower to support growth in safety, while at the same time dedicating other teams that will help us sustain our leadership position and grow our traditional washroom and wiper businesses."

The companies did not disclose the terms of the acquisition or indicate when it will be completed. Jackson Safety President and CEO Tom Burns said, "Jackson Safety is an excellent fit with Kimberly-Clark Professional, as our products are complementary to Kimberly-Clark's current safety business. I'm excited about this combination because it improves our prospects for growth in the U.S., Europe, and emerging markets around the world." The Kimberly-Clark news release said Burns will continue to lead the business as a division of Kimberly-Clark Professional. Founded in 1933, Jackson Safety has about 400 employees, according to the release.

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