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Cascades to Sell Boxboard Operations in North America to Graphic Packaging

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Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, a producer of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces that it has reached an agreement for the sale of its North American boxboard manufacturing and converting assets to Graphic Packaging Holding Co. for $44.9 million.
The Cascades boxboard units affected by the transaction are: 
  • East Angus, Québec, a mill that Produces recycled coated boxboard for the production of folding cartons. Founded in 1910, it was purchased by Cascades in 1983.
  • Jonquière, Québec, a mill that produces three-ply coated boxboard from virgin or recycled fiber. 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 high-quality graphic packaging. Founded in 1986, it was purchased by Cascades in 1992
  • Cobourg, Ontario, a plant that manufactures high-quality flexographic boxboard containers. It was built by Cascades in 1993.
 The five plants affected by the transaction employ, in all, some 670 workers.
"Today, Cascades is announcing an important decision that once again signals its commitment to refocusing its activities in the strategic sectors in which it excels. 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," stated Mario Plourde, president and CE of Cascades.
"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. By exiting this sector of activity in North America, Cascades and Norampac are turning a page in their history. We sincerely thank our employees for their loyal services, and we wish them all the best in the future," added Marc-André Dépin, president and CEO of Norampac.
The acquisition is subject to standard closing conditions and regulatory review and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.

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