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KapStone to invest $29M to raise capability and efficiency of lightweight linerboard PM3 at North Charleston, SC, mill

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KapStone to invest $29M to raise capability and efficiency of lightweight linerboard PM3 at North Charleston, SC, mill

September 10, 2012 - 10:27

NORTHBROOK, IL , Sept. 10, 2012 (PRNewswire) -The Board of Directors of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation KS-2.21% has approved a $29MM investment in the company's North Charleston, SC Paper Mill. The investment is expected to improve the capability and efficiency of No. 3 Paper Machine in producing Ultra High Performance (UPL) lightweight linerboard grades by replacing the press section. The new press section will be supplied by PMT Italia. The investment also includes projects in the fiber and utilities areas to support production of these strategically important grades.

KapStone has become a market leader among independent box makers by developing and selling lighter weight, high performance, virgin-fiber-based kraft linerboard.

Engineering and construction are expected to occur over the next 18 months, targeting installation of the press section during the 1st Quarter 2014.

About the Company

Headquartered in Northbrook, IL, KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation is a leading North American producer of unbleached kraft paper and corrugated products. The Company is the parent company of KapStone Kraft Paper Corporation and KapStone Container Corporation which includes three paper mills and 14 converting plants across the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. The business employs approximately 2,700 people.