Kruger Products has broken ground on a tissue plant that will be located adjacent to the new officially inaugurated tissue plant in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

The yet-to be built facility represents an investment of $351.5m.

This project in the Estrie region is part of the company’s aim to make Sherbrooke a tissue product producing hub in North America.

Construction of the project will be carried out over the next two years. It is expected to create 141 direct jobs.

Since 2018, the firm has invested around $1bn in the Estrie region.

Kruger Products CEO Dino Bianco said: “With this expansion project, we are extremely proud to deliver on our vision to make Sherbrooke a major tissue-product manufacturing hub in North America as well as an outstanding technological showcase that spotlights the Company, the region and our employees’ know-how.”

Québec Minister of Economy and Innovation Pierre Fitzgibbon said: “With its new tissue plant and another one already under construction, Kruger is demonstrating that it is at the forefront of new product development. The pulp and paper industry has evolved at a fast pace these past few years, and it is thanks to companies like Kruger that Québec continues to be a leader in that field.”

The new officially inaugurated Sherbrooke plant is located in the Brompton Borough, along the Saint-François River.

Work on this plant was commissioned in 2021.

It helped to generate 1,700 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase.

The Sherbrooke plant has 180 employees. Moreover, it has benefited from a $25m investment to implement artificial intelligence (AI) functions.

The two plants at the Sherbrooke site will take the total tissue production capacity to more than 130,000 metric tonnes.

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Image: This project is part of the company’s aim to make Sherbrooke a tissue product producing hub in North America. Credit: Dávid Lehoczki from Pixabay.