IP's Beaverton, Oregon, bag plant celebrates 50 years of operation

MEMPHIS, Tennessee , September 15, 2011 (press release) – The International Paper (NYSE:IP - News) Beaverton Bag Plant, which began production on Sept. 16, 1961, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of producing high-quality, environmentally friendly paper bags for its customers. "Our bags are a great environmental choice as they are recyclable, reusable and produced using renewable resources," said Ron Gale, plant general manager.

The Portland City Council has recognized the benefits of paper and recently passed legislation limiting the use of plastic bags within city limits. The move is designed to lessen the impact on the environment. "Paper recycling is an environmental success story not only in the state of Oregon, but throughout the country. Paper bags are recycled at a rate between 50 percent and 72 percent, compared to 10 percent to 14 percent for plastic bags," said Craig Williams, general manager of International Paper's Kraft Bag business. "This is an exciting time for the families and team members of the Beaverton Bag Plant to celebrate 50 years of service to the greater Oregon area, and to assist current and new customers with the transition from plastic," Gale said.

International Paper employs more than 800 workers in the state of Oregon. The Beaverton Plant will recognize 50 years of excellence with a celebration to congratulate the team members and families that have worked at and supported the facility and its customers.


About International Paper

International Paper is a global paper and packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging, complemented by xpedx, the company's North American distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee the company employs about 59,500 people in more than 24 countries and serves customers worldwide. 2010 net sales were more than $25 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit internationalpaper.com.

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