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Americas: Packaging company Cascades sells North American assets

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Cascades Inc has reached an agreement for the sale of its North American boxboard manufacturing and converting assets to Graphic Packaging Holding Company for $44.9 million.

The Cascades boxboard units affected by the transaction are:

– East Angus , Québec, a mill that manufactures recycled coated boxboard for the production of folding cartons.

Founded in 1910, it was purchased by Cascades in 1983.

– Jonquière, Québec, a mill that manufactures three-ply coated boxboard from virgin or recycled fibre.

Founded in 1963, it was acquired by Cascades in 1984.

– Winnipeg, Manitoba , a plant that manufactures folding cartons. Founded in 1905, it was acquired by Cascades in 2001.

– Mississauga, Ontario, a plant that manufactures graphic packaging.

Founded in 1986, it was purchased by Cascades in 1992.

– Cobourg, Ontario, a plant that manufactures flexographic boxboard containers.

It was built by Cascades in 1993.

The five plants affected by the transaction employ in all approximately 670 workers.

“This transaction follows in the wake of a number of other actions taken during the course of the year, with a view to reducing our debt load and focusing our investments in certain core packaging sectors, as well as in the tissue paper and recovery sectors. It is important to take note that today’s announcement does not affect our European boxboard operations,” said president and CEO Mario Plourde.

“The investments made in past years in these boxboard manufacturing and converting units have led to an opportunity to create synergies with a player such as Graphic Packaging,” said Marc-André Dépin, president and CEO of Norampac.

“By exiting this sector of activity in North America , Cascades and Norampac are turning a page in their history.”