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Execution of executive jobs and layoffs at Cascades

Cascades, a packaging and hygiene paper company, is cutting about 30 executive jobs in its administrative offices in Quebec, Ontario and the United States, La Presse has learned.

Published September 28, 2020 at 1:53 PM

Martin Vallières
La Presse

Most of these executive job losses occur in Quebec, that is, at the Kingsey Falls headquarters and at the administrative headquarters of major North American corporate divisions. are located in Candiac and Saint-Bruno.

“We've modernized our management technologies a lot over the years, but we hadn't really overhauled our internal administrative organization to make it lighter and more agile. , by reducing hierarchical levels, "explains Hugo D & # 39; Amours, vice president of communications and public affairs at Cascades.

" However, this overhaul of our management structure has been accelerated by the impact of the pandemic. that disrupted several of our markets and caused downtime in some factories.

In addition, among Cascades' Quebec operations, these management job losses are added to the 130 redundancies recently made at the Lachute plant, which manufactures hygiene products for the restaurant market. , food service and hospitality.

“This market has fallen 40% since the start of the pandemic. Production at the Lachute plant is suspended indefinitely. That is, as long as the catering and hotel market does not recover ”, Mr D & # 39; Amours told La Presse.

Another plant in this division of hygiene and personal care maintenance products, located in Memphis, Tennessee, has also been suspended, this time involving 45 laid-off workers indefinitely.

In addition, in its main business of carton packaging production, Cascades recently announced the closure of a factory in Etobicoke, on the outskirts of Toronto. This final shutdown, scheduled for a year from now, in August 2021, will affect 125 factory employees.

“Optimizing our Ontario operating platform is an integral part of our strategic plan. It is in this context that production at the Etobicoke plant will be gradually shifted to other units in the region, ”said Charles Malo, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cascades Containerboard Packaging division, in the brief press release detailing this plant closure. announced

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