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Cascades Inc., a recovery and manufacturer of green packaging and tissue products, announced a $21 million investment in its Cascades Inopak and Plastiques Cascades plants to acquire equipment that will enable an increase of production of food packaging, primarily for the fresh protein market.

The Cascades Inopak plant in Drummondville will benefit from a $15 million investment. This will be used to expand the existing building and to install a high-performance rPET film manufacturing line that is unique in Canada and which includes a built-in, cutting-edge decontamination unit. This will make it possible to significantly increase the production capacity of Integral™ packaging, which is made from recycled PET, is 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, notably by adding a new extrusion line and two recycling lines, which will increase the production capacity by 25 percent and double the plant’s internal recycling capacity. The Kingsey Falls plant produces EVOK®, the first polystyrene foam tray in North America to contain at least 25 percent recycled materials. These investments will facilitate an eventual increase in this percentage and, by extension, further reduce the CO2 emissions of products marketed by our customers.

Published in the December 2017 Edition of American Recycler News