NewPage Receives Environmental Stewardship Award for Lighting Project at Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Mill

    MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Aug. 4 /CNW/ -- NewPage Corporation today announced
that its Wisconsin Rapids Converting Facility has been honored with an
Environmental Stewardship Award from Orion Energy Systems. After an extensive
review of the facility's energy consumption in the second half of 2006,
managers began working with Orion to find innovative and cost-effective ways
to reduce energy waste and lessen the impact on the environment. With the help
of local contractor, VanErt Electric, a new high-efficiency, high intensity
fluorescent (HIF) system was installed, replacing the older fixtures in the
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    "NewPage is honored to receive this Environmental Stewardship award. The
simple step of changing lighting aligns perfectly with our core value of doing
what's right for our employees and the environment. It saves energy, makes the
work environment brighter and is more cost effective. It's a win-win-win
situation," said Bernie Berger, manager of the NewPage Wisconsin Rapids
Converting Facility.
    By making this change, the facility dramatically displaced its energy
usage by 2,257,778 kilowatt-hours per year. Besides the huge cost savings to
be realized by the facility, the Environmental Impact Equivalent over the
duration of the lighting fixtures' lifetime, as estimated by the Environmental
Protection Agency, is comparable to planting 414 acres of trees, removing
56,315 tons of airborne pollutants, or saving 3,736,171 gallons of gasoline.
    Orion presents its awards annually to companies that achieve significant
environmental benefits through use of their products and systems. Orion Energy
Systems has deployed its energy management systems in 3,655 facilities across
North America. Since 2001, its technology has displaced more than 334
megawatts and reduced indirect carbon dioxide emissions by 4.4 million tons,
saving its customers more than $351 million.
    "By presenting NewPage Corporation with our Environmental Stewardship
Award, Orion wants to highlight the fact that this energy efficient lighting
project was good for everyone -- good for the bottom line at NewPage, good for
their employees, good for their customers and good for the environment that we
all share," said Neal Verfueth, CEO of Orion Energy Systems. "That's the way
more things should go."
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    About NewPage Corporation
    Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, NewPage Corporation is the largest
coated paper manufacturer in North America, based on production capacity, with
$4.7 billion in pro forma net sales for the year ended December 31, 2007. The
company's product portfolio is the broadest in North America and includes
coated freesheet, coated groundwood, supercalendered, newsprint and specialty
papers. These papers are used for corporate collateral, commercial printing,
magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts, newspapers, packaging
applications and direct mail advertising.
    NewPage owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan,
Minnesota, Nova Scotia, and Wisconsin. These mills currently have a total
annual production capacity of approximately 5.5 million tons of paper,
including approximately 4.3 million tons of coated paper, approximately
920,000 tons of uncoated paper and approximately 300,000 tons of specialty
paper, as well as approximately 3.2 million tons of pulp.

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