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WEYERHAEUSER GROUND BREAKING LAUNCHES ONE OF LARGEST MODERNIZATION PROJECTS IN COMPANY HISTORY

 LONGVIEW, Wash., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY) today began construction on its $400-million Longview pulp mill modernization project -- launching one of the single largest modernization operations in company history and, currently, the largest industrial improvement project in the state, the company said.
 "We view our $400-million modernization project in Longview as an investment in the future -- not only our future but the future of this area, the state and the region," said Jack Creighton, Weyerhaeuser's president and chief executive officer, at the company's ground-breaking ceremony in Longview. "This project -- along with our proposed Headquarters Landfill -- also demonstrates our commitment to ongoing progress in the forest products industry."
 The state-of-the-art facility will make the Longview plant an industry leader in environmental performance. The design of the new mill includes pollution control technology to significantly reduce emissions and better protect water quality. And in an effort to conserve resources, the manufacturing process will utilize less water, energy and chemicals per ton of pulp, as well as eliminate chlorine from the bleaching process.
 "The new pulp mill with this new technology, along with NORPAC and our other operations in Longview, symbolizes the shift this industry has made to focus heavily on environmental protection through conservation, recycling and reuse," added Creighton.
 The newly improved facility strengthens Weyerhaeuser's position in the market place, according to Gary Healea, Longview vice president and mill manager. "In addition to our environmental leadership, the new pulp mill helps us significantly in building quality partnerships with our customers throughout the world," said Healea.
 "We're encouraged, too, by the support we've received from our employees, the community and other stakeholders," added Healea. "A partnership this strong allows us to move forward to meet the challenges of the future."
 The modernization project is scheduled for completion in 1995. J.H. Kelly Inc. of Longview is the general contractor for the construction phase of the project.
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