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Cascades Tissue Group Bringing 68 New Jobs to Scotland County in North Carolina

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A Scotland County manufacturing facility will be opened by Cascades Tissue Group, according to Your Daily Journal. The announcement was made Monday morning. There will be 68 new jobs brought to the region with an investment of $62 million, which will be spread out over the next three years.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and state Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker held a news conference in Wagram Monday to announce the deal. There are already 178 employees for the company in the state in Kinston and Rockingham.

Governor McCrory said the following in a statement: “This investment in the Sandhills region of North Carolina not only provides much needed jobs, but also confirms a global company’s commitment to Scotland County in the years ahead. Today’s jobs announcement shows that by working together and effectively leveraging our state’s talent and resources, North Carolina will continue to lead in manufacturing.”

Cascades Inc. is headquartered in Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada. It was founded in 1964 by three brothers. There are 12,000 people employed in 100 areas across Europe and North America.

North Carolina State Rep. Garland Pierce, said, “North Carolina and Scotland County have proven to be an exceptional source of talent for growing companies. I will continue to focus hard on economic development and job creation in this region.”

Partners in the deal include the Richmond Community College, Scotland County, Golden Leaf, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Community Colleges and the Scotland County Economic Development Corp.

Rep. Ken Goodman said, “This new facility will provide an important economic boost to Scotland County and the surrounding area. We welcome Cascades Inc. and wish them continued success.”

Salaries for the new employees will vary based on the functions performed, but the annual salary is 47 percent more than the average wage in the county of Scotland.

“I commend the cooperation of Scotland County and Secretary Decker,” said Sen. Gene McLaurin, D-Richmond. “We’re grateful for Cascades Inc.’s decision to grow here and we’re looking forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Suzanne Blanchet is the President and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group. She said the following at the announcement: “Cascades is expanding its presence in the Southeast, one of the fastest growing markets in the United States. This investment in North Carolina will allow us to optimize our converting platform by relocating equipment presently used elsewhere, by adding new manufacturing equipment and installing robotized warehouse management. In doing so, we are moving closer to many key markets, improving our productivity and logistics while enhancing customer service.”

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