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MEAD INVESTS $34 MILLION TO ADD POST-CONSUMER FIBER TO BEVERAGE CARTONS

 MEAD INVESTS $34 MILLION
 TO ADD POST-CONSUMER FIBER TO BEVERAGE CARTONS
 DAYTON, Ohio, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Mead Corporation (NYSE: MEA) today announced that its board of directors has approved a $34.1 million capital investment to expand the recycling capabilities of the company's coated paperboard mill in Alabama. This will allow Mead to use an increasing amount of post-consumer fiber in its paperboard.
 Construction is underway on a new post-consumer waste recycling plant at Mead Coated Board division's mill in Russell County, Ala. When completed in April 1993, this plant will be able to use 150,000 tons per year of old corrugated containers and used beverage cartons recovered from the solid waste stream.
 "Our new beverage carriers with recycled content will help satisfy the market's growing demand for recycled packaging," said P. Carter Smith, president of Mead Packaging division. "These carriers will meet the same high standards for strength and performance that our customers have come to rely on." Mead Packaging is the world's leading producer of multiple beverage packaging systems.
 Mead Coated Board division's Alabama mill has the capacity to produce 800,000 tons of Coated Natural Kraft(TM) paperboard annually, much of which is used by Mead Packaging division in the manufacture of beer and soft drink carriers.
 The mill already processes 75,000 tons per year of waste from printing and converting operations. This expansion will increase the use of recovered fiber to 225,000 tons per year.
 According to Mead Coated Board division president Dennis L. Rediker, "This new recycling plant is being built to increase the volume and handle the special cleaning requirements of post-consumer waste which will be used in our high-quality Coated Natural Kraft board."
 Earlier this year, Mead announced that it planned to introduce recycled fiber in its multiple beverage packaging by early 1993. Mead's multiple beverage packaging systems, such as 12- and 24-can carriers for soft drinks and beer, are distributed worldwide.
 Mead Packaging began testing the use of recycled fiber in its beverage packaging in 1991 and has continued tests this year. Recently the division announced to its customers that it has begun production of carriers with some recycled content, months ahead of schedule. When the recycling facilities are expanded, Mead expects to be able to increase the percentage of recycled content in its paperboard, with more than half the recycled fiber coming from post-consumer waste.
 Mead is a leader in forest products and electronic publishing. Its Mead Coated Board and Mead Packaging divisions are headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.
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