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Smurfit-Stone Names Del Brooks General Manager of Jacksonville Containerboard Mill

CHICAGO, March 22, 1999 - Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation (Nasdaq: SSCC) has named Del Brooks general manager at its Jacksonville, FL, containerboard mill. He is replacing John West, who retired February 1 after contributing almost 40 years to the paper industry.

Brooks joined the company in 1977 and has worked at facilities in Circleville, OH; Vernon, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and most recently at the Alton, IL, mill, where he was general manager. The Alton mill discontinued operations December 1 as part of a company-wide restructuring.

A native of Savannah, GA, Brooks earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.

Smurfit-Stone is the industry’s leading manufacturer of paper-based packaging, including corrugated containers, folding cartons, industrial bags and other consumer and industrial packaging. It is the largest producer of containerboard, boxboard and kraft paper, and the largest collector, marketer, and exporter of recovered fiber. The company operates more than 300 facilities worldwide. Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation was formed November 18, 1998 as a result of the merger of Jefferson Smurfit Corporation and Stone Container Corporation.

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