Cascades to cease production at Norampac corrugated plant in Quebec City
April 7, 2009 By Pulp & Paper Canada
Cascades will stop production at the Quebec City facility of its Norampac division by the end of 2009. Nearly 145 e…
Cascades will stop production at the Quebec City facility of its Norampac division by the end of 2009. Nearly 145 employees will be affected by the closure of the corrugated production plant.
Sales and distribution services at the Quebec plant will remain intact, and production will be redirected progressively towards the other Norampac Quebec-based plants, such as Vaudreuil, Le Gardeur, Victoriaville, Drummondville and SPB (Montréal), which will ensure a steady supply to customers.
“This decision was taken as a result of a significant decline in demand for corrugated products while taking into account the high number of Quebec-based plants owned by Norampac,” explains Marc-André Dépin, president and CEO of Norampac.
“The economic context has forced us to proceed with nearly 1,000 temporary or permanent layoffs in our plants and mills in the past year, either by major reorganizations or by plant closures. In these difficult times, Norampac must take all the necessary measures to ensure its durability and unfortunately, this sometimes requires production curtailment such as the one we are announcing for the Quebec plant,” he adds.
In order to help employees affected by this closure, Norampac has prepared a relocation program throughout its other facilities and will offer assistance regarding employment searches.
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