Cascades, Inc. will construct a $64 million manufacturing facility in Scappoose, OR, creating 80 jobs once the facility is operational. The new Columbia County facility will produce bathroom tissue and paper towels, supplied with material from its existing paper plant located in neighboring St. Helens, OR.
“This new plant is a concrete example of Cascades’ increasing capacity to service customers on a national scale,” said Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades. “This project, which is part of our strategic plan for development, will provide us with a new converting capacity that will improve our integration rate and coverage of the West Coast. The plant will be strategically located to allow us to better serve our customers and continue to grow in a region that offers potential for our company.”
The new plant will be located on industrial property adjacent to the Scappoose Industrial Airpark. The project will break ground this summer, employing 200 during construction before opening its doors towards the end of the first quarter of 2017.
“This is a significant investment in a rural Oregon community, and a great example of a collaborative team effort that showcases the impact of our approach to grow existing Oregon companies,” said Business Oregon Director Chris Harder. “Cascades could expand anywhere, but because of the attractive industrial site, support from the community, and tools like the Oregon Investment Advantage program and Enterprise Zone, Cascades is choosing to continue to do business in Oregon.”
Many local partners were involved in bringing the project to Oregon, including the Columbia County Economic Team, City of Scappoose, Columbia County, State Sen. Betsy Johnson, Columbia County Commissioner Tony Hyde, and Business Oregon.
“This project will be the catalyst that will ignite economic development in South Columbia County,” said Sen. Johnson. “This type of manufacturing industry is exactly what we need in Columbia County. Local jobs that pay well above average wages. I am grateful to Commissioner Hyde and his team for closing this deal.”
Cascades, Inc. is based in Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada.
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