February 28th, 2024

Cascades closing two plants in Ontario, one in Connecticut, 310 jobs affected

By The Canadian Press on February 13, 2024.

Cascades Inc. is closing three plants as part of changes to its containerboard operations that will affect 310 employees. A Cascades plant is seen in Laval, Que. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

KINGSEY FALLS, Que. – Cascades Inc. is closing three plants as part of changes to its containerboard operations that will affect 310 employees.

The paper and packaging company says its corrugated medium mill in Trenton, Ont., that is currently idled will not restart operations, while converting plants in Belleville, Ont., and Newtown, Conn., will close by May 31.

It says it decided to close the facilities due to a combination of market conditions, higher operating costs, aging technology and the need for significant capital investment.

Cascades will work with the impacted employees to mitigate, where possible, the effect of the closures.

Employees who cannot or do not wish to relocate to other plants will receive support in their search for other employment, the company says.

Cascades will record $61 million in impairment and environmental obligation charges associated with the closures in the fourth quarter of its 2023 financial results as well as about $35 million in additional restructuring charges in the coming years.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 13, 2024.

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