Kruger Makes Containerboard Investments in Quebec Mills (8/08/2018)

Kruger Makes Containerboard Investments in Quebec Mills (8/08/2018) 

Company reported a $191 million expenditure at its Trois-Rivières facility to convert from newsprint production to recycled-content containerboard followed by recent CAD $20 million ($15.3 million) modernization projects at both the Place Turcot and LaSalle mills.

Kruger (Montreal, Que., Canada) reported this week it has invested heavily in its Quebec packaging sector operations, with a recent CA$250 million ($191 million) expenditure at its Trois-Rivières facility to convert from newsprint production to recycled-content containerboard followed by recent CAD $20 million ($15.3 million) modernization projects at both the Place Turcot and LaSalle mills.

The LaSalle Packaging mill has received a new converting line that will operate constantly, 24 hours each day, and account for more than one-third of the plant’s ability to meet growing demand in the eco-friendly packaging sector.

At the Place Turcot mill adjacent to downtown Montréal, which Kruger described as being "North America’s pioneer in 100% recycled containerboard," investments have been made to reduce both emissions and water usage. The Place Turcot containerboard mill was one of the first in North America to manufacture using 100% recycled containerboard beginning in 1961.

Since 2015, Kruger now has invested more than CAD $500 million ($383 million) in its facilities in Québec to convert existing equipment, purchase new equipment, modernize some facilities, and diversify into new growth products.

Kruger was founded in 1904 and currently makes tissue products, containerboard, corrugated packaging, publication papers, specialty papers, biomaterials, and also produces energy, and wines and spirits. The company has facilities in Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, and in the U.S. states of Tennessee, Maine, New York, Virginia, and Rhode Island.