Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada, has announced plans to install a second paper machine at its plant in St. Helens, Ore. The machine to be used was previously operated by Boise Inc.
The machine will be reconfigured to produce 55,000 tons of tissue paper per year, bringing the total tissue paper capacity of the St. Helens site to 120,000 tons per year. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $35 million with start-up planned for the fourth quarter of 2014.
“We have targeted the West Coast as an area of growth for us,” says Suzanne Blanchet, president and CEO of Cascades’ Tissue Group. “This machine will manufacture hand towels and napkins for the away-from-home market. The retrofitting of an existing machine will allow us to bring the additional capacity to this market at a reduced capital cost and on a faster timeline than if we were to build a new machine. Moreover, the addition of a second machine will allow us to improve the overall operating efficiency of the St. Helens operation as a whole.”
Mario Plourde, president and CEO of Cascades Inc., comments, “This investment fits perfectly with our stated strategic objective of prioritizing investments in the tissue and packaging sectors. The addition of this machine combined with other ongoing projects will further strengthen Cascades’ growing position in the North American tissue market.”
Cascades Tissue Group, a division of Cascades Canada ULC is the fourth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fiber. The company employs more than 12,000 people working in more than 100 units in North America and Europe.