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KNOXVILLE — Kimberly-Clark is holding its traditional welcome-back cookout for the University of Tennessee College of Engineering on Friday.

The global manufacturer of paper and health products will sponsor its fourth annual cookout on the lawn in front of Ferris Hall at 11:30 a.m. Some 800 students, faculty and staff are expected to attend.

UT’s engineering program is one of only five selected by Kimberly-Clark for recruiting graduates and supporting faculty research. The corporation is one of UT’s top recruiting employers, hiring 14 graduates in 2000-2001.

Kimberly-Clark is a $14-billion manufacturer of tissue, personal care and health products including Kleenex, Huggies, Kotex, Depends and Kimwipes. It has manufacturing operations in 41 countries and sells its products in more than 150 countries.

The College of Engineering’s cooperative engineering program, established in 1926, is the second oldest in the South. The UT Office of Cooperative Engineering and Professional Practice operates one of the top 15 traditional programs in the United States.