PaperWorks Industries, Inc., a leading integrated North American paperboard packaging supplier, announced plans today to optimize folding carton production across its network of nine North American converting facilities. As part of this effort, operations at the company’s Baie D'Urfé, Québec, Canada manufacturing facility will close permanently by the end of February 2016.
“We considered many different options across our folding carton manufacturing footprint in order to improve service levels for our customers, strengthen our competitiveness and support long-term growth. Ultimately, our decision was driven by the desire to position folding carton production closer to geographic areas in which the majority of our customers are located,” said Kevin Kwilinski, president and chief executive officer, PaperWorks.
Over the next several months, PaperWorks will work with customers serviced by the Baie D'Urfé facility to ensure a smooth transition to other company manufacturing facilities. The remaining nine converting plants include two in Canada (Kitchener and Hamilton, Ont.) and seven in the United States (Mt. Gilead and Greensboro, N.C.; Hastings, Neb.; Baldwinsville, N.Y., Kansas City, Mo.; Lenexa, Kan., and Alexandria, La.).
The Baie D'Urfé facility has been in operation since 1979 and currently manufactures folding cartons for a variety of products including dry and frozen food, beverage, pharmaceutical, household goods, personal care and institutional foodservice. The 165,000 square foot location employs 150 people. PaperWorks has developed a comprehensive program to support staff members through this transition, including assistance with securing alternate employment.