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William N. Wandmacher Receives Executive Eagle Award
From Pulp & Paper Safety Association

CHICAGO, May 22, 2001 – William N. Wandmacher of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation (Nasdaq: SSCC), was selected by the Pulp & Paper Safety Association to receive their coveted Executive Eagle Award for the year 2000. The Executive Eagle is presented each year to an industry executive who demonstrates a firm commitment to safety within the pulp and paper industry and has made significant contributions to the improvement of safety and health programs within his or her company.

Under Wandmacher's leadership, Smurfit-Stone's North American Containerboard Mill and Forest Resources Division has significantly improved its safety record, as measured by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. The division has decreased its recordable case rate (injuries requiring days off or medical treatment not including first aid), by 75 percent over the past five years.

Wandmacher, vice president and general manager, North American Containerboard Mill and Forest Resources, joined Container Corporation of America (CCA), a predecessor company of SSCC, in June 1966 as a process engineer for the Fernandina Beach, Florida, containerboard mill. He held a variety of positions, including manager of business planning for the domestic mill division, and was named plant manager for the company's Brewton, Alabama, mill in 1982.

In 1986, when CCA was acquired by SSCC, Wandmacher became vice president and general manager of medium mill operations, and, in 1992, was named vice president and general manager of the Containerboard Mill Division.

"Bill Wandmacher exhibits the zealous commitment to providing an injury free workplace for employees that the pulp and paper industry strives for as a whole," said Neal Leonard, PPSA association chairman.

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.