By Cindy Macdonald
Tissue manufacturer Kruger Products is investing $55 million to add a paper machine at its Crabtree plant in Quebec. The project will increase the mill’s overall production by approximately 20,000 metric tonnes annually.
The new PM8 will produce tissue products primarily for the away-from-home market. Construction will begin soon on a new building to house PM8, and the tissue machine is expected to be commissioned by end of summer 2017.
The investment was announced at a news conference at the Crabtree Plant attended by provincial and local officials, as well as Mario Gosselin, CEO, Kruger Products, and Joseph Kruger II, chairman and CEO, Kruger Inc.
The company received a $39.5-million loan from Investissement Québec, which is acting as an agent of the Government of Québec in this project.
“This major investment was largely made possible by the support of the Québec government and the Joliette Regional County Municipality, as well as by our Crabtree employees who rallied for their plant’s future,” said Gosselin. “We would like to thank Minister Anglade for her support. By granting a loan for this project, the Québec government is enabling Kruger Products to continue to grow in Québec and to continue to contribute to the Region’s economic growth.”
Kruger Products serves the Canadian consumer market with Cashmere, Purex, SpongeTowels, Scotties’ and White Swan brands. The company also serves the away-from-home market.