International Paper - 1/9/2007
International Paper to Cease Uncoated Paper
Production at Pensacola in April/May
International Paper (NYSE:IP) today announced it will discontinue production of uncoated paper at its
Pensacola, Fla., Mill in April or May of this year to begin the conversion of its 350,000 ton-per-year uncoated
paper machine to a 500,000 ton-per-year lightweight linerboard machine.
Originally, International Paper planned to cease uncoated paper production in July 2007 at the Pensacola mill,
but the company moved up the date to provide adequate time to complete the conversion and provide for an
on-schedule startup of lightweight linerboard production this fall.
“This timeline will enable our conversion teams to complete equipment changes and employee training while
delivering the project on schedule at the lowest possible cost,” said International Paper Senior Vice President
Wayne Brafford. “As we move forward, we are working closely with employees and customers to ensure a
smooth transition of the mill into a globally competitive lightweight linerboard facility.”
The machine conversion at Pensacola is part of International Paper’s transformation plan to focus on its global
uncoated papers and packaging businesses, as well as xpedx, its North American distribution business. The
company is realigning its North American mill system to increase operational efficiencies and to redeploy capital
to the most competitive, lowest-cost facilities.