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Wausau Paper to Invest $15 Million at Brokaw, WI Mill

June 13, 2008 - Wausau Paper said that it will make a capital investment of $15 million at its Brokaw, Wisconsin mill to optimize the mill's fiber handling and stock blending systems.

An automated pulp bale handling system is expected to be operational by the end of 2008, with the balance of the new system scheduled for startup in the second quarter of 2009, Wausau said.

"This capital investment, which is part of the third phase of our profit recovery plan, will significantly improve stock preparation and blending at our Brokaw facility," said Daniel R. Trettin, Wausau Paper's senior vice president - Printing & Writing. "The technology we plan to use with this project is proven and will significantly improve the operational stability of our paper machines and reduce labor costs.

Thomas J. Howatt, Wausau's president and CEO, noted, "The first phase of our recovery plan, system capacity reduction, is complete while the second phase of our plan, initiatives to drive growth in higher margin markets, is well underway.

SOURCE: Wausau Paper




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