Cascades Announces a $15 Million Investment in Its Lachute Plant



    KINGSEY FALLS, QC, July 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Cascades announced today, in the
presence of Alain Lemaire, President and CEO of Cascades, of Suzanne Blanchet,
President and CEO of the Cascades Tissue Group, and David Whissell, Minister
of Labour and MP for Argenteuil, a major investment towards the acquisition of
a high-tech conversion line for its Lachute tissue paper plant.
    Valued at $15 million, including a $3.1 million loan from Investissement
Québec, this project will help preserve the 160 existing jobs as well as lend
added value to it. The construction will start in the fall and should be
completed before the end of 2008. "The investment that we are announcing today
should enable the Tissue Group to increase its converting capacity as well as
significantly increase efficiency at the Lachute plant, which will see five
converting lines replaced by a single line, whose performance is far superior"
stated Alain Lemaire.
    "This investment will contribute to stepping up the production capacity
of the plant, improving product quality and improving competitiveness which
will enable us to better serve our industrial and institutional customers",
added Suzanne Blanchet.
    In addition to installing this new converting line and auxiliary
equipment, the project includes the acquisition of adjacent land, as well as
the expansion and modifications to the existing building.
    In line with Cascades' commitment to sustainable development principles,
the new building will be LEED certified. Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design certification recognizes buildings that are of high
environmental quality and meet stringent performance standards, notably in
terms of energy, water consumption, and use of local materials.

    Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and
tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibres. Cascades employs nearly
14,000 men and women who work in some 100 modern and flexible production units
located in North America and in Europe. Cascades' management philosophy, its
more than 40 years of experience in recycling and its continued efforts in
research and development are strengths which enable the company to create
innovative products for its clients. The Cascades shares trade on the Toronto
stock exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.
    Cascades Tissue Group is a major tissue paper manufacturer for the
commercial and institutional commercial markets, as well as for the giant
paper-roll market. With 14 North-American plants, Cascades Tissue Group offers
its clients a wide range of quality products throughout Canada and the United
States.

    About Cascades Tissue Group - Lachute

    In 1995, Cascades acquired the Lachute plant from Perkins. The capacity
of its paper machine is 38,000 short tonnes per year, and nearly 85% of the
production is converted internally. The plant also converts 5,000 tonnes of
sanitary tissue each year from other Cascades Tissue Group plants. The Lachute
facility serves both the North-American commercial and industrial tissue paper
markets under the Decor(R), North River(R), Horizon(R) and Tandem(R)
trademarks.




For further information:

For further information: Media: Christine Beaulieu, Director of
Communications, Cascades Inc., Cell.: (819) 350-0793; Source: Serge Leroux,
Plant Manager, Cascades Tissue Group - Lachute, a division of Cascades Canada
Inc., (450) 566-2501


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