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LOUISIANA-PACIFIC CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER TO WIELD HAMMER AT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY/JIMMY CARTER PROJECT IN D.C.

 LOUISIANA-PACIFIC CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER TO WIELD HAMMER
 AT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY/JIMMY CARTER PROJECT IN D.C.
 WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Harry A. Merlo, chairman and president of Louisiana-Pacific Corp., will be part of a volunteer crew on Monday, June 15, helping to build one of 10 new homes for families in need in Washington, D.C., the company said today. The homes will be built from start to finish in five days on a site on Benning Road in the Southeast part of the city. The activity is a main element of the annual Jimmy Carter Work Project of the Habitat for Humanity.
 Louisiana-Pacific, a major building products manufacturer headquartered in Portland, Ore., is sponsoring one of the homes and donating some of the construction materials being used throughout the project.
 "One of our proudest accomplishments at Louisiana-Pacific is our leadership in developing innovative, environmentally sound, affordable building products," Merlo said. "But while the cost of the materials that go into a home hasn't changed appreciably in the past decade, fees and unnecessary regulations have driven costs up in many localities. That's why we're so impressed with groups like Habitat for Humanity that have been able to hurdle the barriers to creating homes that needy families can afford."
 Since 1984, President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have led thousands of volunteer builders in one-week "blitz-building" projects in cities throughout the United States and in Tijuana, Mexico. These "Jimmy Carter Work Projects" have not only built scores of affordable homes, but drawn attention to the need for action to eliminate poverty housing.
 This year's Jimmy Carter Project will build 10 homes in D.C. and renovate 10 more in the Sandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. The Baltimore project is being done in partnership with The Enterprise Foundation, another nationwide organization creating affordable housing. Louisiana-Pacific is also donating building materials to the Baltimore project.
 Louisiana-Pacific is a major forest products company known for its innovation in developing high performance, affordable, environmentally sound building materials.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: In connection with your coverage of the Jimmy Carter Work Project of the Habitat for Humanity on June 15, you may be interested in this involvement of a Fortune 250 company and chief executive officer. Harry Merlo, an outspoken advocate of the need for affordable housing, will be available for interviews at the Benning Road work site on Monday, June 15, from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
 /CONTACT: Barry Lacter of Louisiana-Pacific, 503-221-0800/ CO: Louisiana-Pacific Corp.; Habitat for Humanity ST: District of Columbia IN: PAP SU:


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