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Cascades to Keep Norampac Mill Open

Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada, 29 May 2012 -- Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and the manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, has decided, following a vote by a significant majority of employees in favor of its final offer, that it will not proceed with the closure of its containerboard mill located in Trenton, Ontario, which had been planned and announced last April.

“We are satisfied to be able to finally reach an agreement with the union and the employees in Trenton. By keeping the mill open, we are saving 130 jobs in this community and avoiding significant financial losses for the local forest industry. The challenges faced by this mill are by no means over. However, reaching this agreement with our employees is a vital precondition, and we can now concentrate on identifying an action plan for achieving long-term viability,” said Marc-André Dépin, president and chief executive officer at Norampac.

The Norampac–Trenton facility produces corrugating medium and has an annual production capacity of 150,000 metric tons.

Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts, and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. The corporation employs close to 12,000 men and women, who work in more than 100 units located in North America and Europe. Its management philosophy, its more than 45 years of experience in recycling, and its continued efforts in research and development are strengths that enable Cascades to create new products for its customers. Cascades' shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.

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