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Cascades to close Norampac Quebec corrugated plant

Cascades, Inc., continues the consolidation of its Norampac Div.'s corrugated-products converting operations in Québec by closing the Norampac plant located in Le Gardeur.

The plant is specialized in the conversion of corrugated products, and has annual revenues of CAN$8 million. In preparation for this closure, the plant's operations will be redirected progressively toward other Norampac Québec-based plants, that already serve the greater Montreal region. Nearly 50 employees will be affected by the closure that will be effective before the end of 2011.

“The decision to cease operations at the Le Gardeur plant can be explained by the necessity to continue the consolidation of our Québec operations. In fact, the demand in the Canadian corrugated industry has been affected by unfavorable economic conditions for the past few years and it is imperative that we make the adjustments to take into account this new reality. This initiative will therefore allow us to optimize our production in the province, reduce our costs, improve our profitability, while continuing to offer quality services to our customers”, declared Mr. Marc-André Dépin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norampac.

To help employees affected by this closure, Norampac has prepared a relocation program throughout its other facilities and will offer assistance regarding employment searches.

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