Cascades closes Toronto plant
By Canadian Packaging StaffGeneral
Continuing to consolidate its operations, Cascades closes facility manufacturing furniture packaging.
The Kingsey Falls, Que.-headquartered Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery and the manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, has announced the permanent closure of Cascades Enviropac Toronto Division located in Brampton, Ont., as it continues to consolidate its operations.
According to Cascades, production at this unit specialized in the manufacturing of its Technicomb honeycomb packaging, used primarily for the furniture packaging industry. Production will be redirected towards the Cascades Enviropac Berthierville, Que. and Grand Rapids, MI plants.
Approximately 36 employees will be affected by this closure which will be effective on June 1, 2012.
“The decision to cease operations at the Toronto plant is due to a significant reduction in business volume,” states Cascades Specialty Products Group president and chief operating officer Luc Langevin. “This decision was taken to secure the group’s profitability and to improve its position as leader in the industrial packaging sector. Demand in the honeycomb packaging industry has been affected by challenging economic conditions over the past few years and it is imperative we adjust our operations based on this new economic environment. This initiative will enable us to maximize the operations at our mills of Grand Rapids and Berthierville, while continuing to offer a first-class product and service to our customers.”
Cascades has begun to help employees affected by this closure relocate to other manufacturing units and provide them with assistance in their search for work.
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. The company employs close to 11,000 employees, who work in more than 100 units located in North America and Europe. Its management philosophy, its more than 45 years of experience in recycling and its continued efforts in research and development are strengths that enable Cascades to create new products for its customers.
Cascades Specialty Products Group is a leader in industrial and consumer product packaging, specialty papers, and recovery and recycling and has 50 business units located in N.A. and Europe employing more than 2,500 people.
For more information, visit www.cascades.com.