IP's plan to invest US$103M to build two natural gas power boilers at its Cedar Rapids, Iowa, containerboard mill will cut mill emissions by 25% by replacing coal-based steam generators; construction set to begin in Q2, be fully operational by end of 2025

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January 20, 2023 (press release) –

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 (NYSE: IP) today announced formal plans to invest approximately $103 million to build and operate two natural gas power boilers to generate steam for its   in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Construction is set to begin in the second quarter of this year and be fully operational by the end of 2025.

The project will result in the addition of seven new positions, bringing the ’s total employment to 247. Additionally, roughly 100 construction jobs will be created to support the build during the estimated project timeline.

“Congratulations to the Cedar River  team members. This investment is a direct reflection of your hard work and dedication to our customers and reflects the Company’s commitment to the community and our Industrial Packaging business,” said Jay Royalty, Senior Vice President, . “Thank you also to the City of Cedar Rapids and the State of Iowa for their support and collaboration during the planning phases of this project.”

IP is committed to our Vision 2030 target of reducing our enterprise greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by year 2030. This target is verified by the Science Based Target Initiative. The company’s Cedar River  ’s emissions would be directly reduced by approximately 25% as a result of the replacement of coal-based steam generators in the project.

“There was tremendous community excitement when the recycling   was announced back in the early 1990s. Almost 30 years later the commitment by  continues with this latest $100 million-dollar plus investment,” said Ron Corbett, Vice President of Economic Development, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. “IP has shown again their support of the  and the community of Cedar Rapids.”

 (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and  for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2021 were $19.4 billion.



Media: Amy Simpson, 901-419-4964; Investors: Mark Nellessen, 901-419-1731 and Michele Vargas, 901-419-7287.

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