Cascades has announced the permanent shutdown of the corrugator at its Belleville facility, as the plant realigns its priorities to converting.

Effective no later than 2 December, the company said the shutdown will “provide the facility with a more sustainable business model by focusing its operations on converting activities as a high volume, efficient and graphic sheet plant”.

Charles Malo, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades, said: “With additional capacity generated by the strategic optimisation of our network in Ontario in recent years, we have the ability to redeploy this production to other units in the region.

“By doing so, we will significantly reduce costs and re-focus Belleville’s priorities to converting.”

The shutdown will impact 31 of the 106 employees.

Cascades said it will work with these individuals, including by offering them the option to transfer to Cascades’ other business units.