Plan to de­velop in­no­va­tive pulp and pa­per prod­ucts will bring jobs to re­gion

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COR­NER BROOK, N.S. — Cor­ner Brook Pulp and Pa­per will get fi­nan­cial help from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to as­sist with clean tech­nolo­gies in Canada’s forestry sec­tor.

The De­part­ment of In­no­va­tion, Science and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment, is in­vest­ing $13.8 mil­lion in Kruger Inc. for work in Cor­ner Brook and Bromp­ton, Que. It’s re­lated to the com­pany’s work on trans­form­ing re­new­able wood re­sources into sus­tain­able, high­qual­ity prod­ucts, such as newsprint and spe­cialty pa­per for food and other pack­ag­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Navdeep Bains, Min­is­ter of In­no­va­tion, Science and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment, the fed­eral con­tri­bu­tion helps ad­vance greener pro­duc­tion that will re­duce the in­dus­try’s car­bon foot­print and cre­ate good mid­dle-class jobs.

“We will trans­form how we har­ness the bio-econ­omy and use clean re­sources to make in­no­va­tive pulp and pa­per prod­ucts,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to a pre­pared re­lease, the in­vest­ment will help de­velop in­no­va­tive pulp and pa­per prod­ucts and us­age while cre­at­ing and main­tain­ing 743 jobs in the two mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

This an­nounce­ment will sup­port Kruger’s in­vest­ment of over $27.5 mil­lion.

In Cor­ner Brook, the com­pany will in­stall a new sys­tem to dry low-qual­ity biomass that’s usu­ally sent to land­fills, and use it to pro­duce en­ergy for the plant, thus lim­it­ing the use of fos­sil fu­els it needs to op­er­ate.

In Bromp­ton, it will im­ple­ment a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity to pro­duce the first-of-its-kind, biodegrad­able, 100 per cent re­cy­cled pa­per, ap­proved for di­rect food con­tact that restau­rants could use.

The state­ment said this project will help cre­ate and main­tain 743 jobs, and it will cre­ate 176 new co-op po­si­tions in post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions. It is said to also gen­er­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties, fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to new mar­kets, re­duce waste sent to land­fills, and re­duce wa­ter use by 50 per cent. Through this, Kruger hopes to avoid burn­ing 48,000 bar­rels of oil each year and re­duce green­house gas emis­sions by 25,000 tons an­nu­ally.

This fed­eral in­vest­ment is be­ing made through the Strate­gic In­no­va­tion Fund, a pro­gram de­signed to at­tract and sup­port high-qual­ity busi­ness in­vest­ments in Canada’s most dy­namic and in­no­va­tive sec­tors.

Founded in 1904 and based in Mon­tréal, Kruger is a fourth­gen­er­a­tion fam­ily com­pany that now op­er­ates 13 pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties across Canada and owns 38 green en­ergy power plants. The com­pany is a North Amer­i­can leader in the re­cy­cling of pa­per and pa­per­board. It is also a ma­jor player in the mar­ket of bath­room and fa­cial pa­per.

The Cor­ner Brook plant is the last pulp and pa­per mill in New­found­land and Labrador.

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Cor­ner Brook Pulp and Pa­per will in­tro­duce a new sys­tem to dry low-qual­ity biomass, usu­ally sent to land­fills, and use it to pro­duce en­ergy for the plant, thus lim­it­ing the use of fos­sil fu­els it needs to op­er­ate.

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