November 25, 2020 By P&PC Staff
Cascades is closing its napkin manufacturing plant in Laval, Quebec, on June 30, 2021, affecting 54 jobs.
The Laval plant specializes in production for the away-from-home market and has an annual converting capacity of 1.4 million cases.
This volume will be moved to other Cascades plants and filled by additional capacity.
“COVID-19 has severely impacted the number of visitors to restaurants, hotels and public buildings, markets served by the Laval plant,” says Jean-David Tardif, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Tissue Group.
“This situation, combined with high logistics costs, prompted us to move production to other sites in order to optimize our operations, reduce our costs and create synergies. It is important to note that this decision will in no way affect product quality or the level of service we provide to our customers, or Cascades’ ability to meet demand for our products.”
Until the plant is closed, Cascades is offering to relocate as many employees as possible to its many other business units in Quebec. Employees who are not able, or do not wish to relocate to other plants will be offered support in their search for other employment.
“The decision we are announcing today has not been easy. We would like to thank the Cascaders at the Laval plant for their loyalty over the years,” says Tardif in a statement.
“I hope that as many as possible will stay with the company. I would also like to thank them in advance for their professionalism and commitment to serving our customers until the site closes.”
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