October 8, 2020 By P&PC Staff
Cascades will permanently close tissue production and converting operations at its Ransom and Pittston plants, located in Pennsylvania, affecting 229 jobs.
The closure will occur between December 7, 2020 and January 31, 2021.
The two paper machines at the Ransom plant have a total annual production capacity of 50,000 tonnes of tissue paper. Currently, the conversion of this volume into six million cases of product occurs primarily at the Pittston plant.
These volumes will be moved to other Cascades plants and filled with additional capacity.
“The aging equipment of these facilities, the low profitability, the high logistic costs and our recently announced investments in other production and converting units in the U.S. have prompted us to move production to our other sites to optimize operational efficiency,” says Jean-David Tardif, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Tissue Group.
“The closure of these units is part of our ongoing strategic initiatives to improve the Tissue Group’s profitability. We would like to reassure our customers that Cascades’ service and product quality levels will not be impacted by this decision.”
Cascades says it will offer employees the option to transfer to its other business units. Employees who cannot, or do not wish to relocate to other plants, will receive support in their search for other employment.
“I want to thank every one of our employees at the Ransom and Pittston operations for their loyalty and dedication over the years,” says Tardif.
“I would also like to thank them in advance for their professionalism and commitment to continuing to serve our customers until the closures of the facilities.”
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