Norampac-Trenton Becomes More Energy Efficient
McGuinty Government Works With Business To Preserve Jobs and Local Economies
Ontario is supporting Norampac and other growing, green-thinking companies in eastern Ontario.
Norampac-Trenton, a division of Cascades Canada Inc., is installing two wood-residue boilers to reduce dependence on natural gas and fuel oil for the production of corrugating medium, which provides strength and structure to cardboard containers. Energy efficiencies will result in lower annual raw fuel costs and help to preserve an estimated 131 plant jobs, not to mention spin-off economic benefits locally.
The Ministry of Economic Development is investing $1.5 million in this project through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund and the Ministry of Natural Resources is contributing $1.8 million through the Forest Sector Prosperity Fund.
Partnering with business is a key component of the government's five-point economic plan to grow the economy.
- Norampac is a major Canadian manufacturer of corrugated products. Its Trenton Mill produces corrugated medium from hardwood and recycled pulp and employs 131 people.
- In 2007, eastern Ontario's gross domestic product (GDP) was approximately $61 billion, representing 12 per cent of the provincial total.
- The McGuinty government has committed over $1 billion in various programs over five years to increase the competitiveness of Ontario's forest industry. The Forest Sector Prosperity Fund and Loan Guarantee program have leveraged almost $602 million in new private sector investment.
“We are working to restore the competitiveness of our forest sector and help the communities that depend on it. Our government is pleased to support the local economy, help secure good jobs in Trenton, promote renewable energy and provide a boost to the province's forest sector.”
“We have a wealth of forward-thinking companies in Eastern Ontario who often lead the way in growing our province's green economy. Norampac is a trend setter and winner and we're proud of the work they do.”
“The support from the McGuinty government will help us to accelerate our business plans while reducing our energy costs and use of fossil fuels. Today's announcement is good news for our local workers and demonstrates Norampac's commitment to protecting the environment.”