Economy needs manufacturing

As a former employee of Kimberly-Clark, I view with interest the many possible ideas for using the Kimberly-Clark waterfront property. I wonder if the people of Everett understand how much money this mill pushed into the local economy. Lots of businesses keep the money moving, but first it must be created by manufacturing.

Parks and water access are wonderful things, but without manufacturing the money isn’t there for luxury.

In the coming months, many more people in the city will be directly impacted by the loss of Kimberly-Clark. I would bet the local economy will lose four times the number of Kimberly-Clark positions lost to the mill closure.

The city would be wise to bring new manufacturing to the waterfront.

Rich Brown

Mansfield, Wash.