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Cascades opens expanded corrugated packaging facility in Drummondville, Canada

PKBR Staff Writer Published 13 September 2017

Packaging and tissue products manufacturer Cascades has opened its expanded corrugated packaging plant in Drummondville, a city located in the Centre-du-Québec region of Quebec, Canada.

The company invested $26.4m in the 45,000ft² expansion, under which a new corrugator was installed.

The new equipment started operations in early 2016. The ramp-up period has been completed and the facility manufactures cardboard boxes used to package products made in Quebec and the US, especially food products. 

The new equipment enables Cascades to produce higher-quality packaging and increases its efficiency and flexibility to better serve its customers. 

Cascades secured support from the government of Québec in the form of a $6m loan from Investissement Québec, which offers guidance and financial solutions to corporations that are looking to establish in Québec.

Cascades president and CEO Mario Plourde said: "The Drummondville expansion is a concrete example of our continuing efforts to modernize our manufacturing equipment.

"By investing in high performance and state-of-the-art technology such as that used inDrummondville , the company not only consolidates the plant's 214 jobs, but also its position as a leader in containerboard packaging in Canada and the Northeastern U.S."

The company said along with the purchase or construction of new plants in Connecticut and New Jersey, the investment demonstrates its goal to grow and gain market share.

Last month, Cascades unveiled plans to invest $80m for the construction of a new containerboard packaging plant in Piscataway, New Jersey, US .

The new plant, when completed, is expected to create 120 jobs and produce corrugated products. The plant is expected to begin is operations in the second quarter of 2018.

After the installation of entire equipment, total annual production capacity will be 2.4 billion square feet. The facilities will have a surface area of over 400,000ft².