LOCAL OPERATION: Beech Island paper tissue plant
PRODUCT: Kleenex facial tissues, Cottonelle traditional and pre-moistened toilet tissue, Hi-Dri paper towels and Huggies diapers.
SIZE: 2.1 million square feet on 1,200 acres
PRODUCTION: Exact figures undisclosed, but company officials say the mill produces one-third of all Kleenex products and 20 percent of all Huggies diapers.
HISTORY: Plant was built in 1968 and has been expanded several times, most recently in 2000-2001 when the company built an $80 million, 130,000-square-foot addition to produce its new Cottonelle Fresh Rollwipes moist toilet paper product.
RECENT NEWS: Irving, Texas-based Kimberly-Clark announced this week it would buy the 45 percent stake in its Australian subsidiary held by the Australian packaging company Amcor Ltd. for $375 million. The $14.5 billion consumer-products giant raised its stake in the Australian unit, Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty. Ltd., from 50 percent to 55 percent last year.
Legislation hopes to curb spam
Spam - those annoying and unwanted commercial messages that cram your e-mail box each day - is projected to triple in the next five years.
Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana, ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce telecommunications subcommittee, says he now has sufficient votes to get his panel to pass legislation to curb spam.
The law would require e-mail marketers to include a working address in their messages so people who get them can ask that their names be taken off the mailing list. It also would give the Federal Trade Commission authority to impose fines of up to $10 for each unlawful message, up to a maximum of $500,000.
Contracts needed to enforce decisions
Most state laws require certain types of business agreements be made in the form of a written contract in order to be enforceable. Types of contracts that should be in writing include:
Countries develop patent power
Developed countries - including the United States, Western Europe and Japan - issue 97 percent of the world's patents.
Car crashes more likely near home
Home may be where the heart is, and it's one of the most likely places for car crashes to occur.
Progressive Insurance, one of the largest auto insurance companies, surveyed 11,000 people who reported a crash in 2001. Here's what it found:
Employees log more hours at work
It doesn't just feel you're putting in more hours at the office. You really are, according to a survey recently conducted by the world's biggest recruiter.
Of the 1,742 managers and professionals polled by Management Recruiters International, nearly two-thirds work late three to five days a week, and almost a third are working late at least once or twice a week,
The MRI survey reported that 27.8 percent of those polled work late five days a week on average, 35.4 percent work late three-four days on average, and 32.2 percent one-two days. Just 4.6 percent said that they never work late.
Black investors get online help
The World Wide Web contains several business and personal finance sites that cater to black investors and consumers.
Here are a few places worth dropping in on: