Cascades has announced successful start of production in its containerboard packaging mill at Bear Island, Virginia. The mill has an annual production capacity of 465,000 short tons of lightweight, and is reportedly the second largest project in Cascades’ history.
May 2, 2023
Packaging, hygiene and recovery solutions provider Cascades recently announced that it has produced its first roll of 100% recycled containerboard at its containerboard packaging in Bear Island, Virginia. The state-of-the-art mill, with an annual production capacity of 465,000 short tons of lightweight, high-quality and 100% recycled containerboard, is equipped to perform within the top quartile of its industry, and will strengthen the operational flexibility, geographic footprint, and competitiveness of Cascades’ Containerboard platform. The project is reportedly the second largest project in Cascades’ history and has created 700 jobs in the region during the construction phase, and 180 permanent jobs with the onset of commercial production.
The Bear Island mill is now entering the ramp-up phase of the machine and will gradually increase its production to reach full capacity. An official inauguration will be held in the coming months.
“After the commissioning of the Greenpac mill nearly 10 years ago, the start-up of Bear Island marks another historic milestone in the strategic modernization of our mill network. More than ever, Cascades has modern and competitive assets that will allow us to pursue long term growth in packaging, on a North American scale,” said Mr. Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades.