Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2018 - 15
Welcome to Scappoose
Cascades' new converting plant extends the company's North
American reach and is a boost for local economies.
Inside Cascades' new converting facility in Scappoose.
Scappoose is not a town many people
could find on a map. Yet its rural Oregon
location-20 miles north of Portland and
eight miles south of St. Helens-made it the
perfect choice as the home of Cascades Inc.'s
new converting facility. The state-of-the-art,
284,000-square-foot tissue facility held a
public inauguration in July 2017.
The new plant is equipped with best-inclass converting lines, high-speed rewinders
and folders, and reportedly one of the fastest
bath lines in the world. Cascades' St. Helens
tissue mill supplies the majority of the parent
rolls, which the new facility converts into
towel and tissue products under the Cascades
PROTM brand for US and Canadian awayfrom-home markets.
"The completion of this project marks an
important milestone for Cascades," says Jean
Jobin, president and chief operating officer of
the Cascades Tissue Group. "It has long been
our goal to expand our presence within the
United States and offer greater quality and
flexibility for our customers. This worldclass facility is the first step in our plan to
modernize our tissue manufacturing and
converting equipment and a clear indication
of our commitment to this segment."
From left to right: Jean Jobin, president and COO, Cascades Tissue Group; Betsy Johnson, state senator,
Oregon; Mario Plourde, CEO of Cascades; Kate Brown, governor of Oregon; Tony Hyde, former Columbia
County commissioner; Scott Burge, mayor of Scappoose; Brad Witt, State House representative.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown was one
of several local dignitaries to speak at the
inauguration ceremony. "While rural Oregon
economies have grown, they have not grown at
the pace of urban areas. This facility will help
close that gap," she said, calling the new site
"a win for rural Oregon." Cascades was able
to take advantage of a US$500,000 forgivable
loan from Business Oregon. Brown added
that Cascades' choice to build in Scappoose
underscores the importance of the state's
natural resource economy, especially for
Cascades first came to Oregon in 2002, when
St. Helens began production. For 15 years, the
mill sold parent rolls to a number of clients for
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