Cascades building tissue converting plant in U.S.
By Cindy Macdonald
Cascades will build a modern, automated tissue converting plant in Scappoose, Oregon. The US$64 million investment includes new state-of-the-art converting lines that are scheduled for commissioning at the end of the first quarter of 2017.
The new converting site will manufacture virgin and recycled bathroom tissue products and paper hand towels for the away-from-home market. The unit will be supplied by the Cascades tissue paper plant located 12 kilometers away in St. Helens. Its production capacity will be close to six million cases per year, or approximately 53,000 tonnes of finished product.
“This new plant is a concrete example of Cascades increasing capacity to service customers on a national scale. This project, which is part of our strategic plan for development, will provide us with a new converting capacity that will improve our integration rate and coverage of the West Coast,” said Mario Plourde, president and CEO of Cascades.
Jean Jobin, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Tissue Group said the investment is “another important step toward achieving our objective of expanding into key markets in the southern and western United States.”
Cascades notes in a press release that incentive programs from local, regional and state governments made this project possible.
Cascades Tissue Group is the fourth largest tissue paper manufacturer in North America.