GreenFirst to restart a second machine at the Kapuskasing paper mill

GreenFirst Forest Products plans to restart the second paper machine at its Kapuskasing paper mill. The company has received over $1.2 million from the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Skills Development Fund to support the recruitment, hiring and training of more than 45 new employees.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges, particularly to the North American and global newsprint markets. We are very pleased to receive SDF funding from the Government of Ontario, which will ultimately enable the creation of 45 new full-time positions with a focus on hiring candidates with manufacturing skills that will transition into trades. specialists or highly skilled operators,” said Paul Rivett, president of GreenFirst Forest Products.

GreenFirst acquired the Kapuskasing paper mill from Rayonier Advanced Materials on August 28, 2021. The mill operated only one paper machine at that time. With the new investment, the company will start restarting the second paper machine in May. This will help increase direct employment to approximately 300 jobs in Kapuskasing and surrounding areas. The plant welcomes young people, women and indigenous candidates for these positions. GreenFirst will restart the second machine in phases starting in May, with the goal of full production (seven days – 24 hours of operation) by October 2022.

“This is great news for GreenFirst and the communities around Kapuskasing. We thank Minister McNaughton and the Government of Ontario for providing this opportunity,” said Rick Doman, CEO of GreenFirst. “The Kapuskasing Paper Mill is a well-established paper mill in which we continue to invest to become more productive, with the goal of creating more stable and sustainable jobs. We would like to thank our president Michel Lessard, our vice-president of western operations André Ouimette, our general manager Pascal Champoux and the entire Kapuskasing team for their important contributions to the restart of the second paper machine.

Funds received from the provincial government will be directed towards the recruitment and training of new employees, as well as current employees. This is to ensure that the workforce has the skills to produce quality paper and meet the required production targets safely and efficiently.

“We are working for workers and bringing well-paying manufacturing jobs back to Northern Ontario. I’m proud to support this project, which provides millions of dollars to build a stronger community here in Kapuskasing and provide over 100 people with the skills they need to earn bigger paychecks for themselves and their families. families now and for decades to come,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

GreenFirst partners with local employment organizations and educational institutions including the Employment Service, Collège Boréal, schools, Indigenous communities, the Town of Kapuskasing and surrounding municipalities to continue to develop and train its growing workforce in Kapuskasing.

The company has set up a training platform, which includes online training and a standardized delivery to support the integration of all new workers. The training also emphasizes the development of existing employees who progress to higher positions.

This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.