Cascades has inaugurated its towel and tissue converting plant on the West Coast of America.

Based in Scappoose, the company said the 284,000-square-foot tissue converting facility is equipped with best-in-class converting lines, high-speed rewinders and folders, and with one of the fastest bath lines in the world.

It manufactures towel and tissue products under the Cascades PRO brand which is targeting the United States and Canadian AfH markets and products include hand towels, bathroom tissue, napkins, kitchen roll towels, facial tissue, wipers and dispensers.

Cascades president and chief executive Mario Plourde said: “This new facility extends the breadth of our national coverage, and will enable us to better serve our customers in the southern and western United States.

“The Scappoose facility will also allow us to increase our converting capacity and integration rate as we will be using tissue paper produced at our St-Helens plant located just eight miles away.

“It will have a production capacity of nearly six million cases per year of virgin and recycled bathroom tissue products and paper hand towels. It also offers possibilities for future expansion.”

Jean Jobin, Cascades Tissue Group president and chief operating officer, said the completion of the project marks an important milestone for the company.

“It has long been our goal to expand our presence within the United States and offer greater quality and flexibility for our customers.

“This world-class facility is the first step in our plan to modernise our tissue manufacturing and converting equipment and a clear indication of our commitment to this segment.”