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LP Mills in Jasper, Texas and Silsbee, Texas Working to Resume Operations in the Aftermath of Hurricane Rita.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) (NYSE: LPX) is evaluating the impact of Hurricane Rita on operations and taking steps to resume operations at affected facilities. LP's Jasper, Texas facility, and its Silsbee, Texas facility, both located in Southeast Texas, are currently closed and will not resume operations until utilities are restored and employees can return to the plants safely. The plants did not suffer serious physical damage as a result of the hurricane.

The Jasper mill produces oriented strand board (OSB) and employs 158 people. The Silsbee facility, which alternates production between OSB structural panels and SmartSide(TM) composite siding, depending on demand, employs 161.

"Our first priority is ensuring our employees can return to the area and the work site safely," said Jim Lake, LP's director of OSB operations. "We are working closely with local authorities, utilities and shipping providers to take the actions necessary to resume normal operations and get products flowing to customers as soon as possible."

LP's OSB facility in Carthage, Texas resumed normal operations Sunday, September 25, after a short precautionary closure before the storm, and LP administrative offices in Conroe, Texas, are open.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is a premier supplier of building products, delivering innovative, high-quality commodity and specialty products to its retail, wholesale, homebuilding and industrial customers. Visit LP's Web site at www.lpcorp.com for additional information on the company.

LP is a registered trademark of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.
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