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Resolute's Calhoun Tissue Operation on Track for First-Quarter 2017 Start-Up

Valmet_Advantage NTT tissue machine At full capacity, the new tissue machine and converting operations being built at Resolute's Calhoun pulp and paper mill will produce approximately 66,000 short tons per year of at-home, premium bath tissue and paper towel, focused on the growing private-label market. (pictured above) A Valmet Advantage NTT tissue machine.

Sept. 7, 2016 - Resolute Forest Products today announced completion of commissioning of the first tissue converting line at its state-of-the-art tissue facility currently under construction in Calhoun, Tennessee. The remaining two lines will be commissioned by year-end.

"We are on schedule with the $270 million project, our largest investment since 2010," stated Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer.

"The first production of bath tissue and towel came off the converting line on August 17, representing an important milestone. We are confident that the new tissue machine will be operational as planned, in the first quarter of next year."

Resolute's new tissue machine and converting operations are being built at its Calhoun pulp and paper mill, which will be one of the most competitive and efficient tissue operations in North America. At full capacity, the facility will produce approximately 66,000 short tons per year of at-home, premium bath tissue and paper towel, focused on the growing private-label market.

Construction of the Advantage-NTT machine, the latest innovation in tissue manufacturing, is underway.

"We are proud to have one of the most modern and flexible NTT machines, specifically designed for the retail market in North America," added Garneau. "It is important to position ourselves as a preferred supplier to major private-label retailers by delivering the highest quality product for their store brands."

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, specialty papers, tissue, market pulp and wood products. The company owns or operates over 40 pulp, paper, tissue and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, as well as power generation assets in Canada. To learn more, please visit: www.resolutefp.com

SOURCE: Resolute Forest Products Inc.