Canadian Packaging

Update: RockTenn closes last BC corrugated plant

Permanent closure puts a lot of people out of work in New Westminster.


July 5, 2013
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Canadian Packaging sources have confirmed on July 4, 2013 that RockTenn has announced the permanent closure of its New Westminster, B.C. facility.

The New Westminster plant had been its last remaining facility in the Province, and now leaves only Norampac as a ‘national’ corrugated supplier.

This corrugated box plant became part of RockTenn through its 2011 acquisition of Smurfit-Stone.

The New Westminster plant had been on strike since May 1, 2013.

-UPDATE-

According RockTenn, the company announced its decision to close the facility on Sunday, June 30, 2013, though that announcement was not wide-spread.

The container plant is located at 351 Gifford Street in New Westminster, and although it is still owed by RockTenn, plans for it and the location are still under evaluation.

RockTenn will, of course, comply with all Provincial employment requirements related to this closure. While exact numbers have not been released, a best guess of 100-120 employees have been affected by this closure.

More information to come.