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Cascades announces an investment of US$58 million to modernize tissue converting capacity

Stephane Rousseau, Vice-President, Services and Major Projects, Cascades Tissue Group, Guillaume Bouvier, Vice-President of Operations, Cascades Tissue Group, Mickey Lee, Facility Manager at Rockingham, Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina, Jérôme Porlier, General Manager, Cascades Tissue Group, Mario Infante, Facility Manager at Wagram, and Alain Lemaire, Co-Founder of Cascades, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Photo: Cascades
Stephane Rousseau, Vice-President, Services and Major Projects, Cascades Tissue Group, Guillaume Bouvier, Vice-President of Operations, Cascades Tissue Group, Mickey Lee, Facility Manager at Rockingham, Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina, Jérôme Porlier, General Manager, Cascades Tissue Group, Mario Infante, Facility Manager at Wagram, and Alain Lemaire, Co-Founder of Cascades, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Photo: Cascades
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Simon Matthis - 29 Nov 2018

Cascades announces an investment of US$58 million in its Wagram plant in North Carolina that will modernize the plant and add new tissue converting equipment. These project investments are part of the capital expenditure envelope previously announced by the Company.

Stephane Rousseau, Vice-President, Services and Major Projects, Cascades Tissue Group, Guillaume Bouvier, Vice-President of Operations, Cascades Tissue Group, Mickey Lee, Facility Manager at Rockingham, Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina, Jérôme Porlier, General Manager, Cascades Tissue Group, Mario Infante, Facility Manager at Wagram, and Alain Lemaire, Co-Founder of Cascades, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. (CNW Group/Cascades Inc.)

Stephane Rousseau, Vice-President, Services and Major Projects, Cascades Tissue Group, Guillaume Bouvier, Vice-President of Operations, Cascades Tissue Group, Mickey Lee, Facility Manager at Rockingham, Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina, Jérôme Porlier, General Manager, Cascades Tissue Group, Mario Infante, Facility Manager at Wagram, and Alain Lemaire, Co-Founder of Cascades, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. (CNW Group/Cascades Inc.)

The project will involve the installation of five new state-of-the-art converting lines and the modernization of four existing lines. Sixty-six full time employees will be hired to operate the new equipment, and an additional 50 temporary jobs will be created to prepare the building and install the equipment. The commissioning of the new converting lines is expected to begin in April 2019 and will be finalized in the first quarter of 2020.

 

The Wagram plant produces hand towels, paper towels, bathroom tissue and napkins marketed under the Cascades PRO brand, which serves the Away-from-Home markets. The plant will be largely supplied by the Cascades tissue plant located 30 miles away, in Rockingham. Upon completion of the project, the Wagram plant converting capacity will increase from 5.3 million cases per year to close to 15 million cases per year, resulting in a global capacity addition of 3 million cases for the Group.

 

Mario Plourde, Cascades President and CEO stated: "This modernization project is directly aligned with the objectives set out in our strategic plan. It will not only allow us to replace ageing equipment with modern and efficient technology, but will also improve our integration rate, increase our geographical footprint and extend our ability to serve our customers in the United States. With today's challenging market conditions, this is a crucial investment that will reduce our manufacturing and transportation costs, improve our environmental footprint and more importantly, bring us closer to our customers."

 

Jean Jobin, Cascades Tissue Group President and Chief Operating Officer added that "modernizing and adding equipment to the Wagram plant will also help improve Cascades' product offering by allowing us to produce superior quality products, benefit from the latest technology to provide our customers with new, innovative products and increase capacity to meet the future need of our customers. It is a strategic investment that will solidify our presence in the Southeastern United