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Smurfit-Stone Inaugurates New High-Tech Plant in Chicago Area
Creve Coeur, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois, USA, 29 October 2008 -- /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation (NASDAQ:SSCC) today celebrated the opening of its new Chicago-area container plant located in New Lenox, Illinois.

Located in the nation's second largest packaging market, the New Lenox plant is one of the most modern corrugated container manufacturing facilities in the industry. The plant will employ approximately 145 people and serve companies in the pizza, oil and lubricants, laundry detergent and household goods, food products, cooking oils, and health care products industries.

The New Lenox facility is a high-volume and high-efficiency operation that can produce as much as 2.4 billion square feet of corrugated board annually.

The New Lenox plant was designed to be a flexible and efficient facility. The plant is equipped with a 110-inch BHS corrugator, a Mitsubishi Evol flexo folder gluer, two Martin flexo folder gluers, three Martin rotary die cutters, and is a 100% conveyored operation.

In addition to its high-production capacity, the manufacturing equipment is highly efficient as well. The process boiler is a high-efficiency 500 HP unit with a low NOX burner, and the plant itself is illuminated by high-efficiency fluorescent lighting throughout. Other environmentally friendly features include a zero-discharge scrap handling system.

To celebrate the New Lenox plant opening and to support its commitment to sustainability, the environment, and mitigating climate change, Smurfit-Stone announced the donation of 1000 seedlings to the Village of New Lenox.

Smurfit-Stone serves as a single point of contact to provide its customers with containerboard, corrugated containers, display and graphics, automated packaging systems, recycling services, and global packaging solutions.

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation (NASDAQ:SSCC) is a leading integrated containerboard and corrugated packaging producer and is one of the world's largest paper recyclers. The company is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative(R), and the Chicago Climate Exchange. Smurfit-Stone generated revenue of USD 7.4 billion in 2007, has led the industry in safety every year since 2001, and conducts its business in compliance with the environmental, health, and safety principles of the American Forest & Paper Association.

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