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Smurfit-Stone’s Lexington, Ky, Plant
Receives Governor's Award For Safety

CHICAGO, April 30, 2001 – Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation (Nasdaq: SSCC) announced today that its Lexington, KY, corrugated packaging plant and Graphics Communications Union Local 527-S have received the Governor's Safety and Health Award for operating five years without a lost-time injury or illness.

The Lexington plant is the 14th facility statewide to receive the award, which recognizes outstanding safety and health performance and encourages development of programs designed to reduce and eliminate occupational injuries and illnesses. Kentucky's 1999 Annual Survey of Injuries and Illnesses indicates that industries similar to Smurfit-Stone experience an average of 4.7 lost-time injuries or illnesses per 100 workers.

The Governor's Safety and Health Award was presented to the Lexington plant and union members during a special ceremony at the plant. The facility is located at 170 Lisle Industrial Boulevard, Lexington, KY.


Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation is the premier manufacturer of paper- and paperboard-based packaging. Smurfit-Stone holds industry-leading positions in the production of containerboard (including white-top linerboard and recycled medium) corrugated containers, industrial bags, and clay-coated 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 more than 300 facilities worldwide and employs approximately 40,000 people.