By Laurie Mace
Irving Tissue (1551 Weston Road, west of Jane) will be expanding their paper factory over the next year to accommodate a new plant making top-of-the-line facial tissues. About 20 residents attended a public information session hosted by Coucillor Nunziata, in the Irving Tissue auditorium. Also in attendance were Laura Albanese M.P.P. and city community planning staff.
Although referred to as an expansion, it will be a replacement of an existing production line elsewhere in the plant. Consequently, Irving plant manager clarified that there would be no change in employment (400 jobs) or traffic levels (30 trucks a day).
Most questions from the audience related to water and air emissions from the site. Irving staff gave assurances that they have “a good working relationship with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.”
Irving’s site plan application is currently in circulation to all relevant agencies for review. Construction on the new production line is planned for September, for production start-up April 2013.
An interesting side note: maintenance of the small parkette and historic plaque at the south-east corner of Weston and Clouston has suffered from ongoing confusion about whether the property was owned by the City or Irving Tissue. Since it has been clarified that it is indeed on Irving property, they has responded by planting a flower garden this spring, and have further plans to install other improvements such as a watering system and bench.
- The Irving site has operated as a paper tissue mill since 1929.
- Over 400 employees; operating 24/7.
- Irving Tissue is Toronto Hydro’s second largest electricity consumer.
- Since 2001, when they took over from Proctor & Gamble, Irving Tissue has invested over $132 million into this facility.