KINGSEY FALLS, QC, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, announces major investments in several of the folding carton and microlithography plants of its Norampac Division. Thanks to a total investment of $22 Million, the Viau (Montréal, Québec), Mississauga ( Ontario), Winnipeg ( Manitoba) and Cobourg ( Ontario) plants will benefit from the installation of new modern equipement that will optimize their production and efficiency. With this investment program, the Lachute (Québec) folding carton plant will be closed at the latest by the end of the first quarter of 2013, and its customers will be progressively transferred to other Norampac facilities. Nearly 155 employees will be affected by the closure of the Lachute plant, however approximately 40% of them will have the opportunity to be relocated in other Norampac and Cascades units in Québec. Norampac has taken necessary measures to offer the appropriate support to the employees that will not be relocated. Investments The installation of modern and versatile equipement in these plants will lead to an enhanced synergy between the microlithography and folding cartons sectors, which will allow Norampac to increase its productivity and efficiency. The modernization of equipement will be achieved through the installation of two new state of the art printing presses in the Viau and Mississauga plants. These presses, one of which has a printing capability of up to 7 colours and an ultraviolet drying process, were designed to offer the latest technology and are among the best in the industry. The optimization project also includes the installation of new equipement in the Group's other folding carton plants, namely a new gluer in Winnipeg and forming equipment in Cobourg. Thanks to its unique characteristics, this new equipment will allow the plants to better respond to the growing demand for more varied and better quality packaging and printing. "These investments are in line with Cascades' strategy that aims to modernize and improve the profitability of our packaging assets", explained Marc-André Dépin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norampac. "This is our Group's most important investment in the folding cartons sector in several years", added Mr. Dépin.