Cascades closes pulp mill
June 22, 2016 – Cascades Inc. is closing its de-inked pulp mill located in Auburn, Maine.
“The rapid erosion of the printing and writing paper market, the overall deterioration of market conditions for de-inked pulp and the low potential for integration with other Cascades activities are all factors that have had significant negative consequences for our Auburn plant. Despite major efforts to optimize in the past year, the situation at the plant remained extremely difficult. Therefore, we are unfortunately forced to cease operations,’’ said Luc Langevin, president and COO of Cascades Specialty Products Group.
The plant, which currently employs 45 people, will end production on July 8 and will close its doors on July 15.
To assist employees affected by the closure, Cascades will evaluate the possibility of relocating staff to other units. It will also introduce measures to assist employees in finding new employment in order to reduce the impact of the closure on workers and the community.