Cascades Inc. Opens Tissue Converting Facility in Scappoose, Oregon
According to company officials, the new plant is equipped with best-in-class converting lines, high-speed rewinders and folders, and one of the fastest bath lines in the world. The new facility manufactures towel and tissue products under the Cascades PRO brand, a leader in the United States and Canadian Away-from-Home markets. The line of products includes hand towels, bathroom tissue, napkins, kitchen roll towels, facial tissue, wipers and dispensers.
"This new facility extends the breadth of our national coverage, and will enable us to better serve our customers in the southern and western United States. The Scappoose facility will also allow us to increase our converting capacity and integration rate as we will be using tissue paper produced at our St-Helens plant located just eight miles away. Our new facility will have a production capacity of nearly six million cases per year of virgin and recycled bathroom tissue products and paper hand towels. It also offers possibilities for future expansion" said Mario Plourde, President & CEO of Cascades.
"The completion of this project marks an important milestone for Cascades," said Jean Jobin, President & COO of the Cascades Tissue Group. "It has long been our goal to expand our presence within the United States and offer greater quality and flexibility for our customers. This world-class facility is the first step in our plan to modernize our tissue manufacturing and converting equipment and a clear indication of our commitment to this segment. We look forward to providing our customers with new exceptional value and to further grow our relationships within the local community."
According to Business Oregon, The facility complements its paper plant in nearby St. Helens, Oregon, converting that material into tissue paper and paper towel products. The project creates dozens of good-paying jobs in rural Columbia County.
“Cascades has shown a belief in Oregon and in this rural community. A belief that they would rather invest here than anywhere else,” said Chris Harder, Director of Business Oregon. “After just doubling its St. Helens plant’s capacity, we’ve worked with company to set up this state-of-the art facility here in Scappoose, and we hope to see continued growth from Cascades in Oregon.”
With approval from Governor Kate Brown, Business Oregon awarded a $500,000 forgivable loan, forgiven if certain job creation and other parameters are met. The funds are being used to help purchase and install some of the equipment at the facility. This project was also made possible through the involvement of the State of Oregon, Columbia County and the City of Scappoose.
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