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Smurfit-Stone's Sioux Falls, SD, Corrugated Container
Plant Earns ISO 9001 Registration

CHICAGO, April 3, 2000 – Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation's (Nasdaq: SSCC)
Sioux Falls, SD, corrugated container plant has achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 registration for quality assurance.

The plant received notice of registration from Det Norske Veritas, Inc., following a thorough assessment of its quality system. Registration is effective through January 2003, subject to semi-annual compliance audits.

ISO 9001 certification is recognized for promoting consistency in the control of manufacturing processes and signifies adherence to standards in manufacturing, distribution and services.

Specific sections outlined within the ISO registration process include management responsibility, contract review, design, purchasing, product inspection and testing, equipment calibration and customer satisfaction.

The Sioux Falls corrugated container plant is located at 100 East Benson Road.

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation was formed on November 18, 1998 as a result of the merger of Jefferson Smurfit Corporation and Stone Container Corporation. The company is the industry's leading manufacturer of paper and paperboard-based packaging, including containerboard, corrugated containers, industrial bags, and claycoated recycled boxboard; and is the world's largest paper recycler. In addition, Smurfit-Stone is a leading producer of folding cartons, solid bleached sulfate, paper tubes and cores, and labels. The company operates about 300 facilities worldwide and employs approximately 35,000 people.