Norbord announces maintenance downtime



    TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - Norbord Inc. (TSX:NBD) announced today it will
suspend operations for four weeks to conduct planned maintenance on its OSB
press line at Joanna, South Carolina. This maintenance work is scheduled to
begin on February 4, 2008.
    Previously, Norbord announced that a six to eight week curtailment will
be taken at its Guntown, Mississippi OSB mill during Q1 2008 to rebuild its
press. This project is expected to begin in March 2008.
    "We are taking a low cost approach to managing our routine and essential
maintenance by extending project timeframes to allow for most of the work to
be done by our own employees," said Barrie Shineton, Norbord's President and
CEO. "We believe this is the best time to do the work that will optimize our
assets so they are running at peak performance when markets eventually
recover."
    Norbord also confirmed that there would be minimal disruption to
customers during the maintenance projects. "We will leverage our mills in the
region to ensure customers continue to receive a high level of service," said
Mr. Shineton
    Annual production capacity is 500 MMsf - 3/8" at Joanna and 430 MMsf -
3/8" at Guntown.

    Norbord Inc. is an international producer of wood-based panels and is a
publicly traded company listed on the TSX under the symbol NBD.

    This news release contains forward-looking statements, as defined in
applicable legislation. The words "will," "expected to," "would be,"
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dependence; effects of variations in the price and availability of
manufacturing inputs; risks inherent with a capital intensive industry; and
other risks and factors described from time to time in filings with Canadian
securities regulatory authorities and the US Securities and Exchange
Commission.
    Norbord does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, or to
publicly update or revise the above list of factors affecting this
information. See the "Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information" statement
in the March 1, 2007 Annual Information Form and the cautionary statement
contained in the "Forward-Looking Statements" section of the 2006 Management's
Discussion and Analysis dated January 31, 2007.




For further information:

For further information: Anita Veel, Director, Corporate Affairs, (416)
643-8838, anita.veel@norbord.com


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