Cascades Inc. to close its de-inked pulp mill located in Auburn, Maine, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
"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.
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres.