From the notebook of business editor Tim Rausch

Kimberly-Clark adding more space

The largest manufacturing employer in the area, Kimberly-Clark, is spending $5 million to add onto a warehouse in Beech Island.


The addition was found among the commercial building permits filed with Aiken County.


It is going to be used for storage of production materials, a corporate spokeswoman said.


Throughout this year, Beech Island has been investing in equipment and increasing productivity, so this extra capacity is needed. But it doesn’t mean new jobs.


Construction is underway and should be done in May, according to the plant manager. The addition is going onto an area that was expanded in 2005, when almost 1 million square feet was added.


Kimberly-Clark makes Huggies and Cottonelle.


SPEAKING OF EXPANSION: The expansion of the passenger tire plant at Bridgestone in Graniteville is on time and on schedule, according to its plant manager.


Most of the building construction is done and the company is installing equipment to make more tires.


The first tire from the expansion will roll down the line in April.


This is different than the new plant being constructed there. This was an expansion announced prior to the new facility.

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