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Official Opening of Greenpac Containerboard Mill in Niagara Falls

Sep 24, 2015   //   by dfortier   //   Non classé  //  No Comments

Niagara Falls (NY), September 24, 2015 – Cascades Inc. (CAS: TSX), a leader in the recovery of recyclable products and manufacturing green packaging products and tissue paper, today officially inaugurated the Greenpac Mill LLC (Greenpac Containerboard Mill), located in Niagara Falls, New York. Greenpac is a company created by Cascades in partnership with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Jamestown Container and Containerboard Partners.

Considered the most advanced facility of its kind in North America, Greenpac manufactures a lightweight linerboard, made with 100% recycled fibres, on a single machine having a trim of 328 inches (8.33 metres) with an annual production capacity of 540,000 short tons. Built and operated by Norampac, a division of Cascades, the Greenpac Mill employs 135 people.

“The investment we are inaugurating today is the tangible result of the deployment of our strategic plan aiming to position Cascades as a leader in the packaging industry in terms of both productivity and profitability. Greenpac offers high-performance and innovative products that will enable us to better fulfill the needs of our customers, with one of the lowest costs in the industry,” stated Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades.

“We are very proud to officially inaugurate Greenpac today, with the people who have helped make this major project a reality,” added Charles Malo, Chief Operating Officer of Norampac. “Greenpac’s success since launching operations has confirmed that we made the right choice by investing in modern equipment and technologies that enable us to offer superior-quality products.”

This project was also made possible thanks to the involvement of organizations such as the State of New York, Empire State Development, the City of Niagara Falls, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, the New York Power Authority and the New York Department of Environment Conservation.

Since the beginning of production on July 15, 2013, the mill’s performance has continued to improve and demand for its innovative products has surpassed expectations. Combining the latest paper production technologies, Greenpac XP—a new type of recycled linerboard—stands out from the competition with its superior strength and unparalleled print quality while maintaining a lower basis weight than traditional linerboards. An innovative manufacturing process makes Greenpac XP a more economical option for customers as it requires less fiber and gives the paper an unprecedented performance and finish.

With respect to energy efficiency and the use of water, the Greenpac Mill is an industry leader thanks to the automation of numerous operations, a state-of-the-art water treatment system, high-performance drying equipment and the re-use of process water.

The success of Cascades’ most ambitious project in 50 years is also due to the exceptional dedication of its employees, whose commitment to excellence from start-up has made all the difference in enabling the mill achieving its objectives. Furthermore, the Greenpac team takes great pride in its exemplary health and safety performance, as this is at the heart of everyone’s day-to-day activities.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyody who has played a role in this project including, in particular, all the employees and suppliers who have been involved in building and operating the mill, and our partners in this project, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Jamestown Container and Containerboard Partners,” said Mr. Malo.

Dignitaries, partners, suppliers, customers and employees were on hand as the Greenpac Mill in Niagara Falls opened its doors to the media for the first time.

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Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibres. The Company employs close to 11,000 women and men, who work in over 90 production units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on. Cascades shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange, under CAS.

Media:
Hugo D’Amours
Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs
Cascades Inc.
418-573-2348
hugo_damours@cascades.com

Investors:
Riko Gaudreault
Director, Investor Relations
Cascades Inc.
514-282-2697
riko_gaudreault@cascades.com

Source:
Charles Malo
Chief Operating Officer
Norampac, a division of Cascades Canada ULC

 

Media Advisory – Official opening of Greenpac Mill in Niagara Falls

Sep 21, 2015   //   by dfortier   //   Non classé  //  No Comments

KINGSEY FALLS, QC, Sept. 21, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – Cascades inc., (CAS: TSX) a leader in the recovery and the manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, and the members of the Greenpac board of directors invite media representatives to the Greenpac Mill (Greenpac) official opening in Niagara Falls, in the State of New York

Dignitaries, partners, customers, suppliers and employees will join them for the much awaited event that will take place at the mill, located at 4400 Royal Avenue in Niagara Falls, NY, on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 1:15 pm

The ceremony and speeches will be webcast, followed by a plant visit and a cocktail party. There will be photo opportunities for the media, and individual interviews will also be possible.

Greenpac is owned by a company created by Cascades, in partnership with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Jamestown Container and Containerboard Partners. Considered as the most advanced in its category in North America, Greenpac manufactures lightweight linerboard, made with 100% recycled fibre. The project is the result of a $470M US investment.

Date : Thursday September 24, 2015
Time : 1:15 pm

Venue :
Greenpac Mill LLC – Niagara Falls
4400 Royal Avenue
Niagara Falls (New York)

Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. The Company employs close to 11,000 employees, who work in over 90 production units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on. Cascades’ shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol CAS.

Successful Start-Up of the Greenpac Containerboard Mill

Jul 16, 2013   //   by dfortier   //   Non classé  //  No Comments

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KINGSEY FALLS, QC, July 16, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – Cascades Inc (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, is pleased to announce that Greenpac Mill LLC (Greenpac), manufactured its first roll of lightweight linerboard yesterday at its new ultra-modern containerboard mill. Greenpac is a corporation created by Cascades in partnership with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Jamestown Container and Containerboard Partners.

From the very beginning of the project in 2011, the construction of the mill was entrusted to Norampac, a division of Cascades, and the start-up took place on July 15, 2013 as planned under the initial schedule for the project. Norampac is also responsible for the management of Greenpac’s operations.

Located in Niagara Falls in the State of New York, this state of the art mill has created 118 jobs in the region. Considered as the most advanced in its category in North America, Greenpac produces a lightweight linerboard, made of 100% recycled fiber, on a 328-inch machine (8.33 meters), with an annual production capacity of 540,000 short tons.

“The start-up of this new mill is a proud moment for Cascades. Equipped with the most advanced technology, this machine will enable us to better meet the needs of our customers.”, said Mr. Marc-André Dépin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norampac. “After two years of intensive construction activity, we are anxious for the opportunity to finally be able to demonstrate the possibilities of the quality products that we will be able to offer.”, added Mr. Dépin.

Greenpac Mill was designed for optimal energy efficiency and with many automated operations. The water is treated and reused in order to reduce consumption as much as possible. In addition, the water treatment system generates gases that are used for steam production, to dry the paper.

“The Greenpac start-up confirms Cascades’ long term commitment in the Containerboard sector, as well as our willingness to invest for the future.”, said Mr. Alain Lemaire, Executive Chairman of Cascades’ Board of Directors. “Greenpac is the most important investment in the history of Cascades. It symbolizes the future of this company we founded nearly 50 years ago. Thanks to the audacity and leadership of the Norampac team, we are realizing a major project that will take our company to another level in packaging.”, added Mr. Lemaire.

According to Mr. Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades: “In 2011, we announced our intention to orient our investments towards the modernization of our assets. Greenpac is the cornerstone of Norampac’s strategic plan which, like the other Cascades groups, works towards providing the company with modern and competitive equipment.”

Cascades and Norampac wish to thank all of their employees and suppliers who worked on this important project during the last few years. “Thanks to their efforts, the members of the Greenpac team have greatly contributed to the realization of a dream we have had for a very long time.”, mentioned Mr. Dépin. He added: “We also want to thank our partners, namely the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Jamestown Container and Containerboard Partners.”

The company also wishes to underline the important contribution of several actors in the carrying out of this project, namely Metso, the State of New York, the Empire State Development, the City of Niagara Falls, The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, the New York Power Authority, and the New York Department of Environment Conservation.

Now that the mill has successfully passed the crucial start-up step, it will now enter the ramp-up phase in which it will gradually increase its production until it reaches maximum production capacity. Partners, officials and the media will be invited to an official opening ceremony which will take place at a later date.

Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. The company employs more than 12,000 employees, who work in over 100 units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, close to half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on. Cascades’ shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CAS .

Certain statements in this release, including statements regarding future results and performance, are forward-looking statements (as such term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) based on current expectations. The accuracy of such statements is subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including, but not limited to, the effect of general economic conditions; decreases in demand for the company’s products; increases in raw material costs; fluctuations in selling prices and currency rates; adverse changes in general market and industry conditions and other factors listed in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

SOURCE: Norampac, une division de Cascades Canada inc.

Media
Hugo D’Amours
Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications
Cascades Inc.
418 573-2348
hugo_damours@cascades.com

Investors
Riko Gaudreault
Director, Investor Relations
Cascades Inc.
514 282-2697
riko_gaudreault@cascades.com

Source
Marc-André Dépin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Norampac, a Division of Cascades Canada ULC