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Cascades Plans $58M Capacity Upgrade at NC Plant

November 28, 2018

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Cascades Plans $58M Capacity Upgrade at NC Plant
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Paper packaging and tissue maker Cascades Inc. is launching a $58 million capacity expansion project at its Wegram, NC tissue converting plant that includes the addition of five new converting lines to the facility and the modernization of four lines already in place. 

“[The investment] will not only allow us to replace aging equipment with modern and efficient technology, but will also improve our integration rate, increase our geographical footprint, and extend our ability to serve customers in North America,” Mario Plourde, president and chief executive officer of Cascades, said in a company press release announcing the plan. “With today’s challenging market conditions, this is a crucial investment that will reduce our manufacturing and transportation costs, improve our environmental footprint, and, more importantly, bring us closer to our customers.”

66 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of the firm’s project. Cascades’ Wegram plant manufactures Cascades PRO brand hand towels, paper towels, bathroom tissue, and napkins. 

“Modernizing and adding equipment to the Wegram plant will also improve Cascades’ product offering by allowing us to produce superior quality products, benefit from the latest technology to provide our customers with new, innovative products and increase capacity to meet the future need of our customers,” said John Jobin, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Tissue Group, in a statement. “It is a strategic investment that will solidify our presence in the Southeastern United States and strengthen our ability to offer nationwide coverage for our customers.” 

Commissioning of the new converting lines is slated to begin in April next year and reach completion within the first quarter of 2020. The investment will boost the site’s capacity from 5.3 million cases/yr to about 15 million cases/yr. 

The plant in Wegram opened in 2014 and currently has a headcount of 130 workers, according to information on the company’s website. 

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