October 16, 2006

New Forest mill opening marks industry milestones

SCARBOROUGH, ONT-The official opening of the New Forest containerboard mill in Scarborough, Ontario on October 16 signalled two industry milestones. In addition to being the first new containerboard mill built in Canada in over a quarter-century, the plant, a joint venture of Mitchel-Lincoln and Atlantic Packaging, is the largest single construction project completed in Metropolitan Toronto in 2005-2006. The feedstock for the New Forest mill consists of used corrugated cartons (i.e. packaging for various consumer products, from pizza boxes to automotive parts) collected through business and municipal recycling programs. Previously-opened containerboard mills, dating back to the 1960s, include an Atlantic Packaging mill, opened in 1967, that also uses 100% recycled content. New Forest's finished paper product will include 100% recycled-content linerboard and medium (the two components of corrugated containers) in a wide range of paper grades and weights to meet the diverse needs of companies that sell packaged goods. The mill will process the fibre equivalent of six million trees per year; this is comparable to a forest covering a 30-square kilometre area. Moreover, the need for landfill will be reduced annually by 11,000 trucks. Based in Scarborough, Atlantic Packaging is the municipality's largest private-sector employer, operating more than 20 manufacturing and distribution facilities and a large truck fleet. Its associate company, Mitchel-Lincoln Packaging, is based in Saint-Laurent, Quebec and produces corrugated boxes in three plants. More information is available from Gerry Murray at Atlantic Packaging, 416/297-2286, E-mail gerry_murray@atlantic.ca.

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