Cascades to Reconfigure a Second Paper Machine for Tissue Production at St. Helens Mill

An additional paper machine will be reconfigured to produce 55,000 tons of tissue paper annually.

Sept. 19, 2013 - Cascades has announced plans to install a second paper machine at its tissue mill in St. Helens, Oregon.

The project will be realized through the acquisition of the specialty paper machine previously operated by Boise Inc., which is located adjacent to Cascades' existing tissue machine. This machine will be reconfigured to produce 55,000 tons of tissue paper annually, bringing the total tissue paper capacity of the St. Helens' site to 120,000 tons per year, Cascades said.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $35 million.

"We have targeted the West Coast as an area of growth for us," said Suzanne Blanchet, president and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group. "This machine will manufacture hand towels and napkins for the Away-from-Home market. The retrofitting of an existing machine will allow us to bring the additional capacity to this market at a reduced capital cost and on a faster timeline than if we were to build a new machine.

"Moreover, the addition of a second machine will allow us to improve the overall operating efficiency of the St. Helen's operation as a whole," Blanchet added.

According to Cascades, the existing labor force being able to operate and maintain the new machinery was a key reason for the decision to locate in St. Helens.

The additional production line is expected to add 29 new jobs over the coming year and help preserve 59 existing jobs at the mill, Cascades noted.

Start-up of the machine is planned for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Cascades Tissue Group, a division of Cascades Canada ULC, is the fourth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fiber. The company employs more than 12,000 men and women, who work in more than 100 units located in North America and Europe. For more information, visit: www.cascades.com.

SOURCE: Cascades Inc.