Kimberly-Clark Acquires Safety Products Company



    


    
    Acquisition of Jackson Products, Inc. Will Add to K-C Professional's
Strength in Growing Safety Market
    

    
    Leading Brands, Diverse Product Range Expands Company's Safety Portfolio
in North America & Europe; Accelerates Growth in Developing & Emerging Regions
    

    
    DALLAS, April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation
(NYSE:   KMB) announced today that it has acquired Jackson Products, Inc., a
privately held safety products company headquartered in Fenton, Mo.  Jackson
Products, Inc., more commonly known within the industry as Jackson Safety, is
a leading provider of welding safety products, personal protective equipment
and work zone safety products.
    

    
    "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."
    

    
    Tom Burns, current president and CEO of Jackson Safety 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."
    

    
    Burns will continue to lead this business as a division of Kimberly-Clark
Professional.  Jackson Safety was founded in 1933 and has approximately 400
employees.
    

    
    Baker Botts L.L.P. served as outside legal counsel to Kimberly-Clark,
while Jackson Products was advised by Houlihan Lokey as exclusive financial
advisor and Willkie Farr & Gallagher, L.L.P., as legal counsel.
    

    About Kimberly-Clark and Kimberly-Clark Professional
    
    Every day, one in four people around the world trust Kimberly-Clark
brands to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. To learn more about
Kimberly-Clark and its 137-year history of innovation, visit
www.kimberly-clark.com.
    

    
    Manufacturing companies depend on Kimberly-Clark Professional for a broad
portfolio of hygiene and safety products that help protect both the employees
and the environment they work in.  This $3 billion global business unit
manufactures and markets washroom and skin care products, along with
disposable wipes, personal protective apparel, face masks and gloves,
providing head-to-toe protection for workers. For more information about K-C
Professional, please visit http://www.kcprofessional.com.
    

    
    Certain matters contained in this news release concerning the business
outlook, including new product introductions, cost savings and acquisitions,
anticipated financial and operating results, strategies, contingencies and
anticipated transactions of the company constitute forward-looking statements
and are based upon management's expectations and beliefs concerning future
events impacting the company.  There can be no assurance that these future
events will occur as anticipated or that the company's results will be as
estimated.  For a description of certain factors that could cause the
company's future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking statements, see the section of Part I, Item 1 of the company's
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 entitled
"Factors That May Affect Future Results."
    





    




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ddickson@kcc.com, or Investors, Mike Masseth, +1-972-281-1478,
mmasseth@kcc.com, both of Kimberly-Clark Corporation Web Site:
http://www.kimberly-clark.com

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