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Sappi N.A. Receives Award from Maine Development Foundation

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Sappi North America, Boston, Mass., USA, a producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has received a Champion of Economic Development Award from the Maine Development Foundation. The award is given to individuals or organizations that are key to driving Maine's economy forward.

Sappi North America is a cornerstone of Maine's paper industry, planting its roots as the S.D. Warren Co. more than 160 years ago. Throughout its history, Sappi has overcome industry challenges through its forward-thinking approach to the pulp and paper business, focusing primarily on unprecedented innovation. This is evident by its recent announcement of the groundbreaking Neoterix ST functional release paper, which utilizes Sharklet Technologies' microtexture pattern to create bacteria-inhibiting textures.

Alongside its ongoing commitment to innovation and business development, Sappi continues to invest in Maine communities. The company employs more than 1,300 local citizens across three locations: South Portland, Westbrook, and Skowhegan. Sappi also supports more than 75 local organizations and school programs with volunteer efforts and financial contributions.

"We are deeply honored to be awarded such recognition from the Maine Development Foundation. Sappi has a deep history as a part of Maine's pulp and paper industry, and our commitment to our surrounding communities is profound," said Mark Gardner, president and CEO of Sappi North America. "The state of Maine has been a good place for us to do business, and we will continue our investment in its people, its economy, and our business for many years to come."

Sappi is among three other local organizations to receive the Champion of Economic Development award this year. The 2016 award recipients were recognized during the 38th Annual Meeting of the Maine Development Foundation on Tuesday of this week, Sept. 27, 2016.

Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 13,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 100 countries around the world. More information about Sappi is available online.


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