Kruger Products provided an update on the new No. 8 Paper Machine (PM8) Project at its Crabtree Plant, located in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada. Recent the company acquired a new CAD 12-million winder, which brings investment in new production equipment at the Crabtree Plant to CAD 67 million over the past year.
The new paper machine will boost the plant’s overall production by 29%, or approximately 20,000 metric tonnes annual. The additional volume of paper products will primarily be for the away-from-home market, which includes restaurants and hotels, businesses and institutions.
Mario Gosselin, CEO of Kruger Products L.P., commented:
“This new and more efficient paper machine and the additional winder will give the Crabtree Plant plenty of room to grow for many years to come, which is very motivating for our employees. We are particularly pleased with the progress of this project that we expect to complete on time and on budget.”
Announced jointly by Kruger Products and the Government of Québec in July 2016, the CAD 55-million investment to purchase and install PM8 received a CAD 39.5-million loan from Investissement Québec, which is acting as an agent of the Government of Québec in this project. Kruger Products also received support from the Joliette RCM and the Municipality of Crabtree – through the Fonds de développement des territoires – Fonds d’aide aux entreprises volet 2 (Territories Development Fund – Business Assistance Fund, stream 2) – to complete this investment.
The company is a major producer of publication papers, tissue products, containerboard and packaging made from recycled fibres, green and renewable energy, cellulosic biomaterials, and wines and spirits. It is also a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North America. Kruger Inc. has facilities in Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in Tennessee, Maine, New York, Virginia and Rhode Island in the U.S.