Cascades to close two sheet plants in Ontario, Canada

30 August 2018 (Last Updated August 30th, 2018 11:46)

Green packaging and tissue products manufacturer Cascades is planning to shut down two sheet plants in Barrie (Jellco) and Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, by the end of this year.

Cascades to close two sheet plants in Ontario, Canada
Cascades is planning to shut down two sheet plants in Barrie (Jellco) and Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, by the end of this year. Credit: Cascades inc.

Green packaging and tissue products manufacturer Cascades is planning to shut down two sheet plants in Barrie (Jellco) and Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, by the end of this year.

The proposed closures are part of the company’s ongoing efforts to reorganise and optimise its corrugated packaging platform in the Canadian province.

The move is expected to affect around 65 employees and the majority of them will be relocated to the company’s other business units.

“This decision will enable us to better align our existing production capacity and to improve service for our valued customers.”

Cascades Containerboard Packaging president and chief operating officer Charles Malo said: “We are announcing today that production from the Barrie and Peterborough plants will gradually be redeployed to our other facilities in Ontario.

“This decision will enable us to better align our existing production capacity and to improve service for our valued customers.”

The company is engaged in producing, converting and marketing packaging and tissue products made mainly from recycled fibres.

Cascades has a workforce of 11,000 staff employed across 90 production facilities in North America and Europe.

Last month, the company acquired the White Birch, Bear Island manufacturing plant in Virginia in a deal valued at $34.2m.

The company has plans to convert the facility to facilitate high-quality recycled lightweight linerboard and medium production for the North American market.

In its quarterly financial results announced earlier this month, Cascades reported a 7% jump in sales from C$1.09bn ($842.18m) in the first quarter of this year to C$1.17bn ($904m) in the second quarter.

As at 30 June this year, the firm has a net debt of C$1.58bn ($1.22bn).