By Justin Sondel firstname.lastname@example.org
Niagara Gazette — The Greenpac Mill is up and running.
Greenpac Mill LLC and parent company Cascades Inc. announced the mill produced its first roll of lightweight linerboard made from recycled paper products on Monday.
“The start-up of this new mill is a proud moment for Cascades,” Marc-André Dépin, president and CEO of Norampac said in a statement released by the company. “Equipped with the most advanced technology, this machine will enable us to better meet the needs of our customers. After two years of intensive construction activity, we are anxious for the opportunity to finally be able to demonstrate the possibilities of the quality products that we will be able to offer.”
The mill was constructed by Norampac, another company owned by Cascade that operates the paper manufacturing plant next door. The opening of the new facility comes within the anticipated timeline for the project — construction began in 2011 — as laid out by the company.
The new mill has created 118 new jobs within the company, according to the release.
Mayor Paul Dyster said he has toured the facility several time in recent weeks and was blown away by the scope of the new operation.
“That’s an absolutely huge project,” he said.
Dyster said he is glad to see a company creating jobs in the Falls while making use of discarded goods.
“It’s also gratifying to see that this whole huge operation is fed entirely recycled cardboard so no new trees need to be cut down for the process,” the mayor said.
Dyster said that, unlike the manufacturing jobs of old, many of the jobs at the new mill are higher-skilled tasks with better salaries.
And the company was successful in its stated intention of hiring Niagara County residents, he added.
“They made every effort they could to hire locally,” he said.
The new plant, with an estimated price tag of $430 million, will also create spin-off jobs for other Falls businesses and could help to make the industry cluster developing on Packard Road even more attractive to potential investors, Dyster said.
“We’re hoping that their being located here is going to encourage other industries to invest,” Dyster said.Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257