‘No decision’ on Cascades Tissue move

Hugo D'Amours Vice president, communications and public affairs

Hugo D’Amours
Vice president, communications and public affairs

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

Employees indicate it’s been rumored for some time.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com If corporate officials lean one way, the role of the Rockingham facility of Cascades Tissue Group North Carolina could change.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
If corporate officials lean one way, the role of the Rockingham facility of Cascades Tissue Group North Carolina could change.

Now, however, corporate officials from Cascades Tissue Group North Carolina seem to be taking steps towards making a decision on whether or not to move the converting facility located at 805 Midway Road in Rockingham to a location outside Richmond County.

Cascades Tissue Group has operated in Richmond County for 31 years. Under one proposal, the main facility would remain in operation but the relocation of the converting facility, where very large spools of paper are converted into tissue and other products, would allow for expansion at the Rockingham facility.

“It’s not a secret that we want to expand on the American market,” said Hugo D’Amours, vice-president of communications and public affairs. “The southeast of the United States offers great opportunity. No decision has been taken. This is definitely a place in the United States we’re looking at. We’re very pleased with the work our people are doing in Rockingham.”

One employee with the Rockingham facility said a decision could come soon, noting that corporate officials are expected to be in Richmond County sometime this week or next “ironing out a deal.”

D’Amours declined to discuss where the converting facility could be relocated and how such a move would impact the current workforce.

According to the corporate website, Cascades Tissue Group North Carolina purchased in 1983 and reopened the Midway Road facility that had shut down two years earlier. After the purchase, the company invested $7 million in rebuilding and installation of equipment. The converting operation on the site was acquired from American Converters.

In 1999, Cascades invested $30 million to install another paper machine and renovations, including new offices and expansion of warehouse space.

A state-of-the-art converting line was purchased in 2002 and brought more growth to the Rockingham facility. The additional line brought the capability of producing more than a million cases of tissue products annually.

The Rockingham facility employees 128 employees, though it is not clear how many of those work on the converting line. The workforce operates two paper machines that produce approximately 55,000 tons of tissue and towel paper and four converting lines producing more than 2.5 million cases of products each year.

Cascades Tissue Group owns facilities in nine other U.S. locations, including Washington, Arizona, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and New York.

In the U.S., Cascades products are marketed under brand names targeted for hospitality industries such as hotels, food services and other businesses.

 

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