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Labour deal saves Norampac Trenton from closure


June 5, 2012
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Almost 130 employees can breathe a sigh of relief that they will not be losing their jobs due to the closure of the Norampac containerboard mill in Trenton, Ont. The mill’s owner, Cascades Inc., had announced the imminent closure in…

Almost 130 employees can breathe a sigh of relief that they will not be losing their jobs due to the closure of the Norampac containerboard mill in Trenton, Ont. The mill’s owner, Cascades Inc., had announced the imminent closure in April, after the union rejected the company’s offer, but has now decided the mill will stay open.

A second vote resulted in a significant majority of employees deciding in favour of Cascades’ final offer.

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“We are satisfied to be able to finally reach an agreement with the union and the employees in Trenton. By keeping the mill open, we are saving 130 jobs in this community and avoiding significant financial losses for the local forest industry,” said Marc-André Dépin, president and CEO of Norampac.

“The challenges faced by this mill are by no means over. However, reaching this agreement with our employees is a vital pre-condition, and we can now concentrate on identifying an action plan for achieving long-term viability,” Dépin continued.

The Norampac–Trenton facility produces corrugating medium and has an annual production capacity of 150,000 metric tons.


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