Canadian sustainable packaging firm Cascades has installed a printing press at its corrugated packaging converting facility in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The press is expected to increase the facility’s production capacity by 17%, or the equivalent of 480 million square feet.

It is the facility’s sixth press and is expected to be fully installed by the end of April.

One of Cascades‘ newest and most advanced facilities, the Piscataway plant supplies products for the distribution and food processing markets.

The facility was opened in 2018 and is one of the region’s largest employers, with more than 175 colleagues.

The expansion will create 20 jobs in various roles, including general helpers, assistant operators, operators and shippers.

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Cascades president and CEO Mario Plourde said: “The purchase of an EVOL press, one of the fastest technologies in the world, will allow us to continue our growth in the Northeast and increase our ability to serve our current and future customers.

“This $9m investment is part of our 2022-2024 strategic plan and is aimed at increasing our integration rate by adding additional converting capacity in the United States.”

Based in Quebec, Cascades is one of North America’s largest containerboard producers, operating nearly 80 facilities across the continent.

The company provides sustainable and value-added packaging, hygiene and recovery solutions, employing around 10,000 colleagues in total.

In November last year, Cascades announced plans to permanently close the corrugator at its Belleville facility in Ontario, Canada.

The shutdown is intended to make the facility’s business model more sustainable by allowing it to focus on converting activities as a high-volume, efficient and graphic sheet plant.

It is part of a set of optimisation initiatives for Cascades’ containerboard packaging platform in Ontario.

Cascades pledged to help employees affected by the closure by allowing them to transfer to other business units within the company.