Green packaging manufacturer Cascades has inaugurated its expanded corrugated packaging plant in Drummondville, Canada, that involved a $26.4m investment.

The 45,000ft² expansion included the installation of a latest corrugator, which has been operating since early last year.

Catering to the Quebec province and the US, the facility focuses on producing cardboard boxes for packaging primarily food products.

Cascades president and CEO Mario Plourde said: “The Drummondville expansion is a concrete example of our continuing efforts to modernise our manufacturing equipment.

“This investment demonstrates Cascades’ desire to grow and gain market share.”

“By investing in high-performance and state-of-the-art technology such as that used in Drummondville, the company not only consolidates the plant’s 214 jobs, but also its position as a leader in containerboard packaging in Canada and the Northeastern US.”

For the facility expansion, the company has also received a $6m loan from the government through Investissement Québec.

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Cascades Containerboard Packaging president and chief operating officer Charles Malo said: “This new equipment allows us to produce higher-quality packaging and increases our efficiency and flexibility to better serve our customers.

“Along with the purchase or construction of new plants in Connecticut and New Jersey, this investment demonstrates Cascades’ desire to grow and gain market share.”

Last month, the company announced the construction of a new $80m containerboard packaging plant in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The plant will begin operations in the second quarter of next year and manufacture corrugated packaging products.

Established in 1964, Cascades manufactures packaging and tissue products that are developed from recycled fibres.

The company has nearly 90 production units across North America and Europe.