Mosinee, Wisconsin, USA, 21 January 2009 -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Wausau Paper (NYSE:WPP) today announced that Bedford Park, Illinois, was selected as the location for its new Printing & Writing distribution hub. Bedford Park, a southwestern suburb of Chicago, was chosen for its proximity to key Midwest commercial printing markets and the company's network of merchant distribution partners. Transitional operations will begin shortly and once fully operational in mid-2009, the company's overnight and same-day delivery service will be available to an increased number of central U.S. customers.
The opening of this new distribution hub is a key element of the USD 6.6 million capital project, announced in December 2008, to consolidate converting capacity and streamline distribution within the company's Printing & Writing business.
"Establishing this centralized distribution hub emphasizes our continued commitment to the commercial printing industry, merchant distribution partners, and retail customers by further enhancing the high level of service we provide through our 'Think Service' program," said Daniel R. Trettin, senior vice president - Printing & Writing. "In addition, the new distribution hub will reduce transportation and operating costs, helping us to achieve the second of our recovery plan targets -- to reestablish cost-of-capital returns in this business segment."
For more than 100 years, Wausau Paper has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality, affordable, uncoated papers for consumers, printers, graphic designers, and converters. From its mill facilities in Brokaw, Wisconsin, and Brainerd, Minnesota, Wausau Paper produces more than 2000 different stock items from more than 400 different types of paper. Approximately two-thirds of Wausau Paper's Printing & Writing commercial stocking items contain 30% recycled post-consumer fiber and carry the independent Green Seal-certification. Product is stocked in our Midwest distribution hub and three regional distribution centers enabling delivery within 24 hours to most top print markets within the United States.
Wausau Paper produces and markets fine printing and writing papers, technical specialty papers, and away-from-home towel and tissue products. To learn more about Wausau Paper, visit: www.wausaupaper.com.