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APPLETON PAPERS PLANS $35 MILLION THERMAL PAPER EXPANSION

 APPLETON, Wis., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Appleton Papers Inc. announced today plans for a $35 million expansion of its coating and converting plant at Appleton, Wis. The project will include installation of a new thermal paper coater and construction of related facilities for stock and coating preparation and finishing and shipping. The project is scheduled for completion by January 1995.
 Appleton Papers is the leading U.S. producer of thermal paper and the world's leading producer of carbonless paper. According to Dale Schumaker, Appleton Papers' chief executive officer, while the new coater is designed for facsimile paper production its installation will benefit the company's thermal and carbonless paper customers. "We will effectively increase both our thermal and carbonless paper production capacity by transferring to the new coater the thermal paper production now being performed by some of the plant's other coaters," said Schumaker.
 Schumaker added that the state of the art coating capabilities of the new coater will be enhanced through the use of base paper produced by the company's new paper machine at its Combined Locks, Wis., mill. The new paper machine is part of a $170 million expansion, the largest in company history, that was announced in December 1991. Completion of the Locks Mill project is scheduled for April 1994.
 "The combined capabilities of these two new machines will be unmatched in the thermal paper industry," said Schumaker. "We will gain increased flexibility for product design which translates into improved quality and consistency of our products. The added capacity will satisfy projected demand for thermal paper in North America. The entire project is another example of our Customer Focused Quality philosophy in action."
 According to Tom Cashman, Appleton plant manager, the plant received ISO 9002 registration for the manufacture of thermal paper products in July 1992 and was recertified in July 1993. The registration signifies that the Appleton plant meets the quality system standard established by the International Organization for Standardization.
 Appleton papers is headquartered in Appleton, Wis. The company employs approximately 900 of its 3,600 employees at the Appleton plant. The company operates pulp and paper mills at Combined Locks, Wis., and Roaring Spring, Pa.; a paper mill with recycling operations at West Carrollton, Ohio; another coating and converting plant at Harrisburg, Pa.; and capsule plants at Harrisburg and Portage, Wis.
 Appleton Papers Inc. is a subsidiary of Arjo Wiggins Appleton p.l.c., Basingstoke, England. Arjo Wiggins Appleton is one of Europe's largest paper companies and is a world leader in the production of carbonless, thermal, coated and fine papers for world markets.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis Hultgren, director of environmental and public affairs, Appleton Papers Inc., 414-749-8600/


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