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Leading Public Interest Organizations Tour Madison Paper

Press release from the issuing company

ALSIP, IL, May 20, 2004 – Executive directors and program officers of leading American public interest foundations and funds began a two-day Chicago conference on environmental issues related to paper recycling and forestry conservation. First on the conference agenda May 17th was a tour of Madison Paper Company's Alsip, Illinois facility which is dedicated entirely to the production of Connection Gloss, a quality lightweight coated paper manufactured with recycled fiber. Hosted by Madison Paper Company president Kevin Kuliga, the group saw first-hand the facility's state-of-the-art de-inking, pulp processing and manufacturing technology capable of producing 120,000 tons of per year of the high-recycled-content quality lightweight coated paper used by catalogers, retailers, publishers and commercial printing end-users. Mr. Kuliga noted, "We're very pleased to have this opportunity to provide an insight into the operations of our Alsip facility, which is playing an important role in helping companies across the country implement recycling policies by providing a quality coated recycled paper for their printed products. Our technology offers a sustainable solution to companies committed to finding viable pathways to environmental stewardship and conservation." A wholly owned affiliate of Myllykoski Corporation of Finland, Madison Paper Company has integrated the proven technology and operating experience of its parent company into its operations. Myllykoski has been manufacturing exceptional recycled coated products for many years in its mills throughout Europe. The advanced paper manufacturing technology introduced at Alsip has resulted in a domestically produced affordable recycled coated #5 product with no compromise in quality. The mill began producing Connection Gloss recycled lightweight coated paper in 2002. The Alsip mill's strategic location 12 miles from downtown Chicago affords an excellent and continuous source of high-quality, recyclable paper material from the "urban forest," and is located in close proximity to many of the country's largest high-volume printing operations.