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NEW LOUISIANA-PACIFIC NATURE GUARD(TM) PLANT IN SAVAGE, MD., TURNS RECYCLED NEWSPAPER INTO HIGH-PERFORMANCE INSULATION

 NEW LOUISIANA-PACIFIC NATURE GUARD(TM) PLANT IN SAVAGE, MD.,
 TURNS RECYCLED NEWSPAPER INTO HIGH-PERFORMANCE INSULATION
 SAVAGE, Md., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (L-P) (NYSE: LPX) -- a major building materials manufacturer headquartered in Portland, Ore., -- today opened a new plant in Savage, Md., that will make high-performance residential insulation from recycled newspaper.
 Called Nature Guard(TM), the new insulation is made in a proprietary process that reduces the paper into small, efficient fiber groups. The fibers are then treated to make the product fire retardant.
 The plant will use as much as 30,000 tons a year of newspaper recycled throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The insulation will be sold through contractors, lumber yards and home centers in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. The 40,000 square-foot-plant will employ about 35 men and women when it reaches its capacity.
 Speaking at the plant opening ceremony, Harry A. Merlo, L-P's chairman and president, said, "Wastepaper represents the largest untapped forest in the world. And the more we use of this abundant raw material, the better it is for the world's environment."
 Merlo praised the support from local and state officials and community leaders, which led to L-P's decision to locate the plant in Maryland.
 Homeowners can install loose-fill Nature Guard insulation themselves, or have it installed by a local contractor. Nature Guard has also pioneered a cavity spray insulation process for new construction that completely fills spaces between studs before drywall is applied.
 Louisiana-Pacific is a leader in the development of environmentally engineered building products that don't rely on large trees. The company pioneered Inner-Seal(R) oriented strand board (OSB) structural panels, siding and concrete form. It also produces engineered I-joists and laminated veneer lumber, which give builders an alternative to wide dimension lumber -- a product which is increasingly hard to come by because of restrictions on harvesting large trees.
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 /CONTACT: Barry Lacter of Louisiana-Pacific, 503-221-0800/
 (LPX) CO: Louisiana-Pacific Corp. ST: Oregon, Maryland IN: PAP SU: PDT


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