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Cedar River Paper Company Earns International Certification for Quality

Press release from the issuing company

Cedar Rapids, Ia., June 4, 2001 - Cedar River Paper Company, a joint-venture subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company and BE&K Engineering, has earned international certification for its rigorous approach to quality in manufacturing processes and customer service. The state-of-the-art mill produces linerboard and corrugating medium, the two kinds of heavy brown paper used to make corrugated shipping cartons. Quality Management Institute of Ontario, Canada certified the mill under the ISO 9002 international quality standard following an extensive independent audit. Established by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 9002 registration recognizes manufacturing facilities whose management systems and controls ensure that all products meet the requirements of the facility's customers. "To earn an ISO 9002 designation requires solid, consistent practices in everything from how we select and train employees to how we package and deliver product to our customers," said Jack Bray, Business Team Leader of Cedar River Paper Company. "Every element of what we do must be documented and measurable -- and aimed as a team effort at the goal of giving our customers everything we commit to provide," said Business Systems Team Leader Sherry Johnson, who led the mill's qualification effort. "Earning this important designation is not just a management function," Bray added. "It is a tribute to the thought, commitment and hard work of every Cedar River team member." The Cedar River Paper Company mill, which began operating in 1995, employs some 227 women and men. It uses all recycled material to make its linerboard and corrugating medium. Weyerhaeuser Company recently announced that it would buy its partner's interest. The mill is expected to become a part of Weyerhaeuser in July of this year. The International Organization for Standardization was founded in 1946 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.S. representative to the organization is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). To date, the organization has created more than 3,700 quality and environmental standards, which are used in various industries around the world.