Kruger announces another investment
Investments follow one another on Kruger’s side in the Brompton sector in Sherbrooke.
C ette time, the company will be an announcement of $ 16.4 million to produce a paper for the packaging of food products.
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This project will help create 30 new jobs and maintain 743 jobs at the Brompton plant, “said Stéphane Lamoureux, vice-president, operations, papers for publications and specialty papers.
The project will establish state-of-the-art facilities in Brompton where the first 100% recycled and biodegradable paper approved for direct food contact will be produced. For example, restaurants could use it to pack hamburgers.
“We are becoming the largest fiber recycler in Canada,” he says, in an interview with La Tribune.
“We will need 100,000 tonnes a year, which is three times what we can find in the area. We will have to go and get her outside. ”
Kruger is pleased to make the leap into the circular economy. It will also generate new opportunities, facilitate access to new markets, reduce the amount of waste sent to the dump, and halve the amount of water used. With this investment, Kruger will avoid consuming 48,000 barrels of oil a year and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25,000 tonnes per year.
Including similarly announced projects for the Kruger facilities in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, the total investment is $ 27.5 million. The federal government plays a large part. Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, an investment of $ 13.8 million for realization of works.
“Kruger will be working here in Bromptonville to develop a unique product that will allow us to transport our food safely, without harming the environment. It speaks to the hard work, commitment and inventiveness of our local workers, “she says.
“Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada through the Strategic Innovation Fund, these investments will have a long-term positive impact,” said Mr. Lamoureux.
“Providing opportunities for future expansion in growing markets, creating jobs and maintaining hundreds of others, and significantly reducing our carbon footprint. We are very proud to invest in Canada’s circular economy. ”
Approaches to potential customers, such as grocery chains or fast food chains have been taking place since last year, he says. The production of new paper is on the way, but the investments will significantly increase quantities, adds Stéphane Lamoureux.
In mid-May, Kruger officially launched the construction of a new plant, which will use through air drying technology – the most advanced technology in the field of tissue paper. It requires an investment of $ 575 million and will create 180 new jobs.