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NewPage Receives Environmental Stewardship Award for Lighting Project at Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Mill

2008-08-04 13:00:00

NewPage Receives Environmental Stewardship Award for Lighting Project at Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Mill

    MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Aug. 4 /EMWNews/ -- NewPage Corporation today

announced that its Wisconsin Rapids Converting Facility has been honored

with an Environmental Stewardship Award from Orion Energy Systems. After an

extensive review of the facility's energy consumption in the second half of

2006, managers began working with Orion to find innovative and

cost-effective ways to reduce energy waste and lessen the impact on the

environment. With the help of local contractor, VanErt Electric, a new

high-efficiency, high intensity fluorescent (HIF) system was installed,

replacing the older fixtures in the facility.


    "NewPage is honored to receive this Environmental Stewardship award.

The simple step of changing lighting aligns perfectly with our core value

of doing what's right for our employees and the environment. It saves

energy, makes the work environment brighter and is more cost effective.

It's a win-win-win situation," said Bernie Berger, manager of the NewPage

Wisconsin Rapids Converting Facility.

    By making this change, the facility dramatically displaced its energy

usage by 2,257,778 kilowatt-hours per year. Besides the huge cost savings

to be realized by the facility, the Environmental Impact Equivalent over

the duration of the lighting fixtures' lifetime, as estimated by the

Environmental Protection Agency, is comparable to planting 414 acres of

trees, removing 56,315 tons of airborne pollutants, or saving 3,736,171

gallons of gasoline.

    Orion presents its awards annually to companies that achieve

significant environmental benefits through use of their products and

systems. Orion Energy Systems has deployed its energy management systems in

3,655 facilities across North America. Since 2001, its technology has

displaced more than 334 megawatts and reduced indirect carbon dioxide

emissions by 4.4 million tons, saving its customers more than $351 million.

    "By presenting NewPage Corporation with our Environmental Stewardship

Award, Orion wants to highlight the fact that this energy efficient

lighting project was good for everyone -- good for the bottom line at

NewPage, good for their employees, good for their customers and good for

the environment that we all share," said Neal Verfueth, CEO of Orion Energy

Systems. "That's the way more things should go."

    To learn more about NewPage Corporation, visit

    About NewPage Corporation

    Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, NewPage Corporation is the largest

coated paper manufacturer in North America, based on production capacity,

with $4.7 billion in pro forma net sales for the year ended December 31,

2007. The company's product portfolio is the broadest in North America and

includes coated freesheet, coated groundwood, supercalendered, newsprint

and specialty papers. These papers are used for corporate collateral,

commercial printing, magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts,

newspapers, packaging applications and direct mail advertising.

    NewPage owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan,

Minnesota, Nova Scotia, and Wisconsin. These mills currently have a total

annual production capacity of approximately 5.5 million tons of paper,

including approximately 4.3 million tons of coated paper, approximately

920,000 tons of uncoated paper and approximately 300,000 tons of specialty

paper, as well as approximately 3.2 million tons of pulp.

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