Cascades closing Belleville, Trenton factories, ending hundreds of jobs

Local corrugated box producer Cascades has announced they are closing both of their local factories, with Trenton’s idled facility closing immediately and Belleville’s set to close by May 31.

Their cousin plant in Newton, Connecticut, is also being closed down.

Over 310 employees will be out of the job due to the closures, which Cascades said in a press release is happening to move “production from these facilities to other units with available capacity and more modern equipment.”

Trenton Unifor Local 1407 president Jamie Mallory said this is not what the union hoped for the local plants, but they are ready to meet the needs of union members.

“This is obviously a very hard day for the members of Unifor Local 1470, but this is also a sad day for the community of Trenton as it loses one of the largest employers in town,” said Malloy. “The union will be here every step of the way to help members with this transition and to advocate for them in upcoming meetings discussing closure terms.”

Cascades President Charles Malo also offered support to the affected workers:

“I would like to assure our customers that we will work with them to ensure a smooth transition,” he said. “I would also like to sincerely thank the Cascaders affected by this announcement. We will stand by them through this process, and we will assist in the relocation of those employees wishing to continue working for Cascades at one of our other locations.”

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