Equipment & Systems
Cascades invests US$58M into North Carolina plant for modernization
By P&PC Staff
November 27, 2018 – Cascades has announced an investment of US$58 million in its Wagram plant in North Carolina, which the company says will modernize the plant and add new tissue converting equipment.
By P&PC Staff
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 48 kilometres (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 three million cases for the group.
Mario Plourde, Cascades president and CEO, says, “This modernization project…will not only allow us to replace aging 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, adds 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 States and strengthen our ability to offer nationwide coverage for our customers.”
Cascades acknowledges the cooperation and financial support of governments and economic development organizations of North Carolina and Scotland County.