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Cascades invests $21M to increase production of green packaging for fresh foods

Investments directed at facility expansion and new equipment for two Quebec plants.

October 30, 2017   by PLANT STAFF

DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — Cascades Inc. is investing $21-million in two of its Quebec  plants to increase its production of food packaging, primarily for the fresh protein market.

The Cascades Inopak plant in Drummondville will get $15 million to expand the building and install a high-performance rPET film manufacturing line that includes a built-in, decontamination unit.

Cascades said the investment will allow a significant increase in production capacity of Integral packaging made from recycled PET. It’s recyclable and allows food in certain markets – such as fresh protein – to be kept for double the amount of time, thus radically reducing food waste.

Nearly $6 million will be invested in the Kingsey Falls Plastiques Cascades plant to modernize equipment,. A new extrusion line and two recycling lines will be added, which will increase the production capacity by 25% and double the plant’s internal recycling capacity. The plant produces EVOK, the first polystyrene foam tray in North America to contain at least 25% recycled materials.

Cascades said recycled content will eventually increase for additional reductions in carbon dioxide emissions of products marketed by its customers.

The company, based in Kinsey Falls, Que., recovers and manufacturers green packaging and tissue products.


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