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SMURFIT NEWSPRINT REDUCING STANDARD NEWSPRINT CAPACITY, PRODUCING GROUNDWOOD SPECIALTY AND PACKAGING GRADES

 ST. LOUIS, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Smurfit Newsprint Corporation (SNC), an affiliate of Jefferson Smurfit Corporation (JSC), is reducing recycled standard newsprint capacity by 30,000 metric tons. (A metric ton equals 2,204.6 pounds). The reduction is the result of declining markets and depressed prices that have hindered newsprint operations for some time.
 SNC's Oregon City, Ore., newsprint mill will absorb the decrease in standard newsprint output by converting 30,000 metric tons of newsprint capacity to produce recycled-content groundwood specialty and packaging grades.
 Studies are underway to increase the amount of recycled-content specialty grade production, which could result in an additional reduction of standard newsprint capacity.
 Smurfit Newsprint Corporation is the nation's largest producer of recycled-content newsprint, with recycled mills located in Oregon and California. The recycled content of all grades produced by Smurfit Newsprint Corporation is the highest of any producer in North America.
 Jefferson Smurfit Corporation, headquartered in St. Louis, is America's most broadly based paper, paperboard, and packaging company. It is also America's no. 1 paper collector, marketer, recycler, and exporter of waste paper. JSC manages estimated annual sales of $4.5 billion and operates more than 180 mills and converting facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy L. Bunker, JSC Corporate Marketing of Jefferson Smurfit, 314-746-1242/


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