NewPage Taking 25,000 Tons of Market-Related Downtime and Shutting Down Niagara, Wisconsin Paper Machines July 2008

    MIAMISBURG, Ohio, June 5 /CNW/ -- NewPage Corporation today announced
that it will be taking approximately 25,000 tons of coated paper
market-related downtime in June and July throughout its mill system.  Several
machines will be involved, and each will take advantage of specific times to
complete planned maintenance and capital work.
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    Moreover, NewPage had announced in March that it would continue running
Nos. 43 and 44 paper machines at its Niagara, Wisconsin facility until the
fall of 2008 (previously scheduled to close in April) due to unusually high
market demand earlier this year.  However, based on changing market
conditions, the Niagara facility will permanently close the paper machines on
July 12, 2008.  This will reduce production by an additional 50,000 tons. The
Niagara machines produce lightweight coated groundwood papers used in
magazines and catalogs.
    "We have been observing an increase in coated paper inventories at a
number of printers, along with a slowdown in demand as advertisers deal with
an uncertain economy," said Rick Willett, president and chief operating
officer.  "Since we are committed to balance our production to consumption, we
are diligently taking steps to reduce our production over the next two
    This downtime and closure of the Niagara, Wisconsin paper machines are in
addition to the permanent closure of two paper machines announced as a part of
the company's integration plans (approximately 230,000 total annual tons of

    -- The No. 11 paper machine in Rumford, Maine was closed at the end of
       February 2008.  No. 11 machine produced coated freesheet and groundwood
       papers for magazines and catalogs.
    -- The No. 95 paper machine in Kimberly, Wisconsin was permanently closed
       at the end of May 2008. The No. 95 machine produced coated freesheet
       papers for publication printing, and specialty papers for pressure
       sensitive or glue-applied labels.
    "We remain committed to our customers and will continue to offer a broad
portfolio of printing papers to meet a wide variety of needs," said Barry
Nelson, senior vice president of sales.  "Products produced on the closed
machines have been transitioned to more efficient paper machines within our
integrated mill system. Customers were notified of our plans at the time of
our integration restructuring announcement January 16.  At that time, we began
diligently working with individual customers to transition their business to
other machines through a product qualification and trial process.  With our
announcement of market-related downtime, it is clear that our recent price
increase is not supply and demand driven; rather solely to offset increased
inflationary costs from energy, raw materials and transportation."
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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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