Cascades Inc. to shut down Trenton, Belleville plants

Containerboard manufacture will ‘stand by’ affected workers, president says

The outside of a factory in winter.
A Cascades plant in Laval, Que., in 2020. Cascades Inc. has announced it will shut down two eastern Ontario facilities in Trenton and Belleville. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Cascades Inc. is shutting down two containerboard packaging facilities in eastern Ontario, resulting in hundreds of local job losses.

The Quebec-based company has announced its recently idled mill in Trenton, Ont., won’t reopen, and a converting plant in Belleville, Ont., will be permanently closed by May 31.

The sites employed roughly 150 and 80 people respectively, according to a company spokesperson.

Another location in Connecticut will also be shuttered, bringing the total number of affected jobs to 310, according to a media release issued Tuesday.

“This this is a humongous loss to the city and to the whole area,” said Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison.

The plants have a long history in the region, Harrison said, and their closure will hurt other local businesses and the community as a whole.

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