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WAGRAM — Cascades Tissue Group will open a new Scotland County manufacturing facility, state officials said Monday morning, bringing 68 new jobs to the region and investing $62 million over the next three years.


Gov. Pat McCrory and state Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker made the announcement in a Wagram news conference. The facility adds to Cascades’ footprint in North Carolina, as the Canadian tissue maker has 178 employees at its facilities in Rockingham and Kinston.


“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,” McCrory said in a statement. “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.”


The company’s $62 million investment includes $55 million of new capital expenditure (such as building infrastructure, new equipment and other capitalized expenses) and converting equipment to be transferred from other facilities outside of North Carolina valued at $7 million, according to a release from the governor’s office.


Cascades Inc. is a multinational company based in Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada. The company produces eco-friendly packaging and tissue products. Founded in 1964 by three brothers, the company now employs nearly 12,000 people in more than 100 operating units across North America and Europe.


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


Richmond Community College helped state leaders in the recruitment and site selection process. Other partners include the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Golden Leaf, Scotland County Economic Development Corp. and Scotland County.


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


“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.”


Cascades Tissue Group produces paper towels, bathroom tissue and napkins among other products. Its wide range of finished products are available to the consumer market under the brand Cascades and other private labels.


Salaries will vary by job function, but the annual average salary is about 47 percent above the average wage in Scotland County. The average annual payroll for the new positions is nearly $3.2 million.


“Cascades is expanding its presence in the Southeast, one of the fastest growing markets in the United States,” said Suzanne Blanchet, President and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group. “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.”


The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $402,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state.


Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.


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