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Beckett Expression and Via Join Mohawk's Windpower Portfolio

Press release from the issuing company

[Cohoes, NY] – Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. has announced that its Beckett Expression and Via product lines will join the Strathmore Writing System in its highly regarded Mohawk Windpower Portfolio. Beginning October 1, 2005, Mohawk will begin manufacturing the Beckett Expression and Via lines with non-polluting windpower. Mohawk is the only paper mill in the U.S. to use wind energy to manufacture paper. In 2004, Mohawk first began using the pollution-free alternative energy source for its Cohoes, New York, plant. Then, on June 1, 2005, following this year's acquisition of the Fine Papers business from International Paper, Mohawk negotiated a contract to purchase an additional 35 million kWh's of wind-powered-energy to its newly acquired Beckett Mill in Hamilton, Ohio, where the Strathmore, Beckett and Via papers are produced. This commitment to wind energy allowed Mohawk to join the highest level of EPA Green Power Partnership Leadership Club. Upon the completion of the contract to purchase the additional wind energy, Mohawk immediately announced it would begin producing the complete Strathmore Writing System, including Strathmore Writing, America's #1 selling 25% cotton fiber paper, with windpower. That, and the addition of producing the Beckett and Via papers with windpower, has earned Mohawk a top ranking (#13) in the EPA List of Top 25 U.S. Green Power Purchasers. “It is becoming more and more evident that our customers are searching for new ways to meet corporate sustainability goals. Expanding the Windpower Portfolio to include Beckett Expression and Via now provides our customers with a complete price offering — a range of environmentally friendly products that cover any application,” says Mohawk's Senior Vice President, Environmental and Governmental Affairs, George Milner. Beckett Expression: One of the smoothest premium uncoated papers on the market, Expression's ultra-hard surface delivers reliable ink holdout. This sophisticated color palette includes three shades of white and nine subtle colors. Beckett Expression offers a variety of weights from 24lb. writing up to 130 double thick cover. Via: Via offers exceptional print performance at a value — Via Pure White Ultra Smooth is undeniably the best printing sheet in its price range. Beyond performance, Via is also the most versatile writing, text and cover line on the market: six finishes, two shades of white, six delicate neutrals, three fiber shades, and eight vibrant colors. And to make Via more relevant for today's environmentally conscious consumers, Mohawk has boosted postconsumer waste from 20% to 30% in all recycled items. “Our goal is to maintain our leadership role in environmental stewardship. We will continue to prove that environmentally sound products do not forgo the highest of quality,” says Milner. Windpower Portfolio Overview The Mohawk Windpower Portfolio includes: Strathmore Writing System Mohawk Options 100% PCW Mohawk Options 30% PCW Beckett Expression Via Portfolio Mohawk Color Copy 100% Recycled Mohawk Color Copy Premium Mohawk Color Copy 98 Mohawk Color Copy Gloss For more information, please visit www.mohawkpaper.com or call 1-800 THE MILL.