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Cascades to Permanently Close Deinked Pulp Mill in Auburn, Maine

Luc Langevin "The rapid erosion of the printing and writing paper market, the overall deterioration of market conditions for de-inked pulp and the low potential for integration with other Cascades activities are all factors that have had significant negative consequences for our Auburn plant," – Luc Langevin, President and COO, Cascades Specialty Products Group.

June 22, 2016 - Cascades Inc. today announced that it will permanently close its de-inked pulp mill located in Auburn, Maine. Production will end on July 8 and the mill's doors will close on July 15.

The pulp mill currently employs 45 people.

"The rapid erosion of the printing and writing paper market, the overall deterioration of market conditions for de-inked pulp and the low potential for integration with other Cascades activities are all factors that have had significant negative consequences for our Auburn plant,” said Luc Langevin, President and COO of Cascades Specialty Products Group.

“Despite major efforts to optimize in the past year, the situation at the plant remained extremely difficult. Therefore, we are unfortunately forced to cease operations,” Langevin added.

To assist employees affected by the closure, Cascades will evaluate the possibility of relocating staff to other units. It will put in place measures to assist employees in finding new employment to reduce the impact of the announcement on workers and the community.

In a press release, Cascades wishes to extend its sincere thanks to all Cascades Auburn Fiber employees for their loyalty since 1998, and for all the efforts made in an attempt to save the plant. The company is counting on them to serve customers until closing.

Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. To learn more, please visit: www.cascades.com

SOURCE: Cascades Inc.