SCAPPOOSE, Ore. -- A brand new tissue conversion plant officially opened in Scappoose on Tuesday, adding about 80 jobs to the local economy.

Longtime State Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) offered a big welcome to Cascades at an opening celebration.

"Congratulations Cascades, welcome to the community and we are glad you are here!" Johnson said.

Cascades is a Canadian based-multinational company specializing in tissue products, with a big emphasis on using recycled materials. It already has a tissue paper operation in nearby St. Helens, and this expansion adds the 80 jobs, with room to grow. It's an automated production system that requires some skilled labor, and Columbia County is glad to provide it.

Rural Oregon has not grown jobs like the state's urban areas, so Governor Kate Brown characterized this as a good boost.

Brown said a half-million dollar “strategic reserve fund loan” was made to Cascades, as incentive to build the $64 million facility.

"This investment will not only provide good wages for Cascades employees but also spurs economic growth and development throughout Columbia County, and shows our continued belief in this region," said Brown.

Cascades employs 11,000 people at about 90 production facilities in North America and Europe.