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Cascades announces investment at its Norampac-Vaudreuil manufacturing facility


JOHN JANTAK

Alain Lemaire, Cascades’ Executive Chairman of the Board (left) and Charles Malo, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Packaging at Norampac, tour the Norampac-Vaudreuil manufacturing plant following an announcement that over $13 million will be invested for the acquisition and installation of two new printing presses for its Norampac facilities in Vaudreuil-Dorion and Drummondville.

Officials from Cascades Inc. announced an investment of over $13 million for the acquisition and installation of two new printing presses for its Norampac facilities in Vaudreuil-Dorion and Drummondville, during a press conference at the Norampac-Vaudreuil facility last Friday, November 28. The total investment represents $6.7 million for the acquisition of a new printing technology at each of its two Quebec-based Norampac facilities which will help to streamline production and increase output.

Norampac specializes in the manufacture of corrugated cardboard packaging products. “This major investment in Quebec is part of our eff orts to modernize Norampac’s and Cascades’ assets,” said Charles Malo, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Packaging at Norampac. “Similar investments were made at several of Norampac’s corrugated converting plants in Ontario, and productivity at those plants increased significantly.”

For Norampac-Vaudreuil, which has been operating since 1976, the acquisition of the Evol printing presses made by Japanese company Mitsubishi, means job security for its 180 employees and could possibly result in new jobs in the near future.

“It’s very good news for both the employees in Vaudreuil, but also for Norampac and Cascades,” said Malo. “This investment is for a new printing technology that has been around for about four years. Norampac is the first company that has installed this process in Canada. It gives us a competitive advantage by being able to offer faster printing and better quality products for our customers. “We believe that the investments in Quebec will have the same positive spin-off s which will allow us to respond more quickly to our customer’s needs, offer packaging products of greater quality, and increase our productivity,” added Malo.

“We are always proud when we make new investments – it means we are confident about our employees,” said Alain Lemaire, Cascades’ Executive Chairman of the Board, who along with his brothers Bernard and Laurent, founded the Quebec-based company in 1964.

“The new state-of-the-art equipment is part of our plan to increase our productivity and market share by focusing on strategic sectors as a means of keeping the company on track as we move forward,” added Lemaire. “Today’s gesture demonstrates the trust we are placing in our employees at the Vaudreuil and Drummondville plants. Cascades will continue to grow here, as it will in the rest of North America.” Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon welcomed the announcement, saying the investment helps to solidify the city’s reputation as suitable location for companies to set up shop.

“I’m very happy,” said Pilon. “I know Mr. Lemaire and we spoke about it a few months ago. The fact that they’re going to invest $6.7 million obviously means that Norampac is making a long-term commitment in our community and their facility will remain here for a long time. “Norampac has proven itself as a productive facility,” added Pilon. “It also proves that Vaudreuil-Dorion’s industrial sector is competitive with other manufacturing centres across North America. I thank the Norampac officials for their investment and the employees for their consistent good work.”

Cascades Inc. produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres and has close almost 12,000 employees who work in over 100 production units in North America and Europe

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