KINGSEY FALLS, Que.—Cascades Inc. is investing an estimated $35-million to add a second paper machine for producing hand towels and napkins at its Oregon plant.
According to the packaging and paper products maker, it is buying the specialty paper machine for its St. Helens, Ore., plant, boosting the tissue capacity there by 55,000 tons to 120,000 tons annually.
The machine is expected to add 29 jobs and keep a further 59 at the mill.
“The retrofitting of an existing machine will allow us to bring the additional capacity to (the West Coast) market at a reduced capital cost and on a faster timeline than if we were to build a new machine,” Cascades Tissue Group CEO Suzanne Blanchet said in a statement.
“Moreover, the addition of a second machine will allow us to improve the overall operating efficiency of the St. Helen’s operation as a whole.”
Cascades said the new machine should be in service in the fourth quarter of 2014.