The shutdown will give the facility a more sustainable business model by concentrating its operations on converting activities into a high volume, efficient, and graphic sheet production
Paper mill company Cascades has permanently closed the corrugator at its Belleville facility, as part of optimisation initiatives for the Corporation’s Containerboard Packaging platform in Ontario.
Effective 2 December, the shutdown will give the facility a more sustainable business model.
It will now concentrate its operations on converting activities into a high volume, efficient, and graphic sheet production.
Cascades Containerboard Packaging president and chief operating officer Charles Malo said: “With additional capacity generated by the strategic optimization of our network in Ontario in recent years, we have the ability to redeploy this production to other units in the region.
“By doing so, we will significantly reduce costs and re-focus Belleville’s priorities to converting. This decision will position our platform for long-term success and further strengthen our service offering for our valued customers.”
The latest announcement will impact 31 out of the 106 employees. To reduce the effects of this announcement, the firm will work with these people, including by giving them the choice to transfer to one of Cascades’ other business divisions.
Employees who are unable or unwilling to shift to other plants will be assisted in finding alternative employment, the green packaging producer said.
In June this year, the packaging company unveiled a new isothermal packaging technology and inaugurated a new production site in York, Pennsylvania.