Buckeye Targets July 4 to Restart Fluff Pulp Line at Perry Mill

Jun. 25, 2012 - Buckeye Technologies said that it is targeting the restart of its fluff pulp line at the company's Foley mill in Perry, Florida for July 4.

The mill's other production line, which produces specialty pulp, has been up and safely running at target rates since early Saturday morning, June 23.

Both production lines were idled on Sunday evening, June 17, due to a significant failure of a steam drum on the fluff pulp line.

Buckeye said the specialty pulp line mix will not be fully optimized until the fluff line is back in operation.

In addition, the July 4 timeline depends on procurement of materials and the amount of work required to repair and replace drums and other damaged equipment.

There were no injuries associated with this incident, the company said.

"I am proud of our organizationís tireless efforts, teamwork and creativity to minimize the amount of production downtime associated with this significant event," said Buckeye Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Crowe. "While there is still much work required to get the fluff pulp line safely up and running by July 4 and this date could change, great progress has been made which will help minimize the impact of this production outage on our customers and all of our stakeholders."

Buckeye, a leading manufacturer and marketer of specialty fibers and nonwoven materials, is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The Company currently operates facilities in the United States, Germany and Canada. Its products are sold worldwide to makers of consumer and industrial goods.

SOURCE: Buckeye Technologies Inc.

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