FjordCell will remain closed for an indefinite period of time
Kingsey Falls, November 30, 2004 Cascades Inc. (CAS-TSX) is announcing that Cascades FjordCell pulp
mill will remain closed at least until the end of winter.
Given the continuing deterioration in labour relations that led to the closing of the mill, including the multiple
violations of court orders and injunctions as well as the repeated mistreatment of mill management employees,
senior management has no other choice but to close Cascades FjordCell. The situation will be reassessed at the
end of the cold weather period, based on events at that time.
Mr. ric Laflamme, President of the Boxboard Group stated: "Labour relations at this mill have reached an
impasse rarely seen at Cascades. We had up until December 15 to make a decision but given the context we
have decided to take action earlier.
Inaugurated in 1997, this mill has approximately 100 employees and manufactures northern bleached softwood
kraft pulp (NBSK). This pulp is used mainly in the production of boxboard, fine-papers and tissue paper. It is
sold on North-American markets.
Cascades Inc. is a leader in the manufacturing of packaging products, tissue paper and specialized fine
papers. Internationally, Cascades employs 15,000 people and operates close to 150 modern and versatile
operating units located in Canada, the United States, France, England, Germany and Sweden. Cascades
recycles more than two million tons of paper and board annually, supplying the majority of its fibre
requirements. Leading edge de-inking technology, sustained research and development, and 40 years in
recycling are all distinctive strengths that enable Cascades to manufacture innovative value-added
products. Cascades ' common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol
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