KINGSEY FALLS, QC, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Cascades Inc. (TSX:
CAS), a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and the
manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces
today that its Norampac division will close its containerboard mill
located in Burnaby (British Colombia).
The Burnaby mill has an annual capacity of 128,000 short tons and
specializes in the production of 100% recycled linerboard, medium and
gypsum. Nearly 100 employees will be affected by the closure, which
will be effective on December 1, 2011 at the latest. The mill's
production will be redirected progressively towards other Norampac
"This decision was made to mitigate the negative impact of several
factors such as the strength of the Canadian dollar, as well as very
high labour and recycled fibre costs. In addition, the mill's
profitability has been below our expectations for a few years and we
could not pursue our operations under such conditions" stated
Marc-Andre Dépin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norampac.
At the same time, Norampac's management also announced that it has
reached an agreement with regard to the sale of its Burnaby property.
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and
tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. The
Corporation employs close to 11,000 employees, who work in more than
100 units located in North America and Europe. Its management
philosophy, its more than 45 years of experience in recycling and its
continued efforts in research and development are strengths that enable
Cascades to create new products for its customers. Cascades' shares
trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol CAS.
SOURCE CASCADES INC.
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