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Submitted by: Mohawk Fine Papers

Categories: Renewable & Alternative Energy, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Apr 12, 2007 – 02:40 PM EST


With latest contract, New York based Mohawk Fine Papers is one of the nation's largest purchasers of windpower for manufacture.

Apr. 12 /CSRwire/ - COHOES, NY – April 12, 2007 - Committed to sustainability and demonstrating leadership by voluntarily purchasing green power, Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. became an early leader in the use of wind-generated electricity for manufacturing. Mohawk was recognized for its leadership as a National Green Power Award Winner in 2005.

As of March 1, 2007, Mohawk Fine Papers has increased its purchase of wind-generated electricity RECs from 45,000,000 kWh to 60,000,000 kWh annually. This is approximately 60% of all of the electric energy used for all of Mohawk's manufacturing, converting and distribution operations.

Mohawk Fine Papers and its mills were the first in the U.S. to use wind-generated energy to manufacture paper. With many of its corporate customers seeking ways to mitigate their impacts on the environment and looking for innovative ways to highlight their socially responsible actions, Mohawk responded by developing a complete portfolio of papers manufactured with non-polluting, wind-generated electricity from wind farms in upstate New York and Pennsylvania.

According to George Milner, Mohawk's Senior Vice President, Energy, Environmental and Government Affairs, wind-generated energy now offsets 60% of the electric power required for all of our operations in New York and Ohio. "Windpower is the future of renewable energy," notes Milner, "Yes, our customers find 'sustainable papers' a tangible way to express their own commitment to sustainability but the larger idea is to stabilize energy costs and to do so in a socially responsible manner. The cost of electricity is going up 4-5% per year because much of it is made with fossil fuels. When you build a wind farm, the only future costs are maintenance."

According to Thomas D. O'Connor, Jr., Mohawk's Chairman and CEO, "Our commitment to environmental excellence has propelled us to where we are today. Response to our approach has opened up new markets with customers committed to preserving the earth's natural resources. Mohawk is proving that businesses can be profitable and environmentally responsible at the same time."

For more information visit www.mohawkpaper.com or call 1 800 the mill.

Recognized for its technical innovation and progressive environmental initiatives, Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. manufactures an impressive range of premium printing, writing and imaging papers. Signature grades include Strathmore®, Mohawk Superfine™, Beckett Concept®, Beckett Expression®, BriteHue®, Via®, Mohawk Color Copy® and patented Inxwell® products, Navajo® and Options®. Mohawk engineers its papers to provide optimal performance for sheetfed, web and digital printing. Mohawk papers are used in a wide variety of communications including prestigious annual reports, corporate identity systems, high-end brochures, packaging and everyday communication for businesses of all sizes and types. A leader in environmental stewardship, Mohawk is the first large-scale production facility in the U.S. to use non-polluting wind-generated electricity to manufacture paper and the first premium paper mill to produce carbon neutral papers. Many of Mohawk’s recycled products are certified to the Forest Stewardship Council's [FSC] standards by SmartWood, a program of the Rainforest Alliance, and/or Green Seal.

FSC certification ensures responsible use of forest resources.
© 1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C. SW-COC-668

For more information, please contact:

Laura Shore Mohawk Paper Mills
Phone: 518.233.6208
Pam Williams Williams and House
Phone: 860.675.4140


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