Cascades inaugurates new packaging plant in N.J.

Cascades, a manufacturer of green packaging and tissue products, inaugurated a new containerboard packaging plant in Piscataway on Thursday with a $76 million investment in equipment.

Elected officials, members of the community and Cascades partners, clients, suppliers and employees attended the official opening.

“This inauguration highlights our commitment to the modernization of our asset base and the consolidation of our containerboard and packaging activities in the Northeast. It also represents a continuation of the important projects that we have carried out in recent years, including the Greenpac Mill in New York State and the Oregon tissue converting facility. With a strategic location in the heart of the markets we serve, the plant will allow us to pursue our growth strategy in the U.S. I am also pleased to note that the project was delivered both under budget and on time,” Mario Plourde, CEO and president, Cascades, said.

The new plant will be 450,000 square feet and employ 170. Its annual production capacity of 2.4 billion square feet will supposedly allow Cascades to increase its internal integration of parent roll production.

“The Piscataway converting plant is equipped with cutting-edge technology that has already, in recent months, broken global production records. Beyond speed and efficiency, the equipment provides greater flexibility and will allow Cascades to offer increasingly high-performance, innovative products to meet the needs of our customers. Thanks to synergy with other Cascades plants, this new facility will serve both traditional markets and e-commerce markets that require lighter packaging,” Charles Malo, president and chief operating officer of Cascades, said.