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