Kruger Products announced that it will double the size and production of its future LDC tissue machine in the Brompton borough of Sherbrooke, Canada. The machine is slated to be commissioned in 2024.
After revealing a $240-million expansion project to install the machine and add two converting lines, the company announced that it is increasing its investment by $111.5 million, for a total of $351.5 million. The double-wide machine, which features LDC (light dry crepe) technology, will be able to produce at least 60,000 metric tons of premium-quality tissue products annually for the Canadian and U.S. markets.
Kruger Products new Sherbrooke tissue plant, which has led to the creation of 180 jobs, was successfully commissioned on time and on budget earlier this year, after close to one million hours of construction during the pandemic. When combined with the $600 million invested in this state-of-the-art plant and artificial intelligence, investment in the Brompton Borough totals nearly $1 billion and will result in the creation of 321 jobs in all. Kruger products production site in Sherbrooke will form a major premium-quality tissue-product manufacturing hub in North America.
“The additional production capacity will enable us to drive our Company’s growth and continue to supply our customers across North America with high quality tissue products such as Cashmere®, SpongeTowels®, Scotties® and Purex® in Canada, and White Cloud® in the United States,” explained Dino Bianco, CEO of Kruger Products.
Kruger Products major expansion project will create 141 jobs over the next three years and bring significant benefits to the region: $165 million in estimated direct spending and more than 660,000 construction person-hours.