Canadian packaging and tissue products manufacturer Cascades will permanently shut down the second paper machine at its US tissue plant in St. Helens, Oregon, resulting in the complete shutdown of the facility.
The end of operations will be effective at the beginning of October, Cascades informed. The machine has a capacity to produce 45,400 tpy (50,000 sh.t) of brown 100 per cent recycled tissue paper. The closure will affect 75 employees.
Production at the St. Helens plant is not integrated into the Cascades network, so the closure will have no impact on the company's other operations.
In May 2023, Cascades announced the closure of two tissue plants (Barnwell, South Carolina, and Scappoose, Oregon) as well as one paper machine at the St. Helens site. The measure took 83,000 t (92,000 sh.t) of recycled and primary tissue paper and 10 million cases of converted product off the market.
"Today's announcement further simplifies the company's operational platform by concentrating the majority of its tissue product operating activities at core, geographically well-positioned sites that offer opportunities for future development," said Cascades.