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Wausau Paper Increases Productivity and Its Bottom Line with Appleton Mfg. Division's RollMover(TM)


(Neenah, WI) - Wausau Paper, a major provider of tissue and towel, improved safety, increased productivity and its bottom line by introducing the Appleton Heavy Duty Large Roller (HDLR) RollMover(TM). Wausau replaced its infrastructure of air-roll movers with the compact, battery-powered HDLR RollMover(TM) from Appleton Mfg. Division and, as a result, increased productivity in handling its output of up to 360 parent rolls per day.

Wausau sought alternatives to their traditional air movers after an internal evaluation found the air movers to be costly, needing frequent repairs, having limited range due to the air hoses and were wasteful in that the outsides of each parent roll were being damaged by the air movers' use. In addition, the air hoses were found to be trip hazards. Wausau found the HDLR RollMover(TM) to be the solution that would eliminate these issues while still reducing the risk of back and other human injuries.

The Appleton HDLR RollMover(TM) is specifically designed for towel and tissue rolls by incorporating a larger drive roller to minimize product damage, and being battery-powered is able to service multiple converting lines without requiring hose extensions or additional infrastructure. Utilizing Appleton's battery technology, Wausau will save thousands of dollars annually on air-leak repairs alone, while at the same time increasing output per roll by preventing damage during roll handling.

"Eliminating the cost of repairing air hoses will save us money," says Jim Radcliffe, Wausau's V.P. of Operations. "Our bottom line will further benefit because we're able to get more undamaged and finished materials off of our rolls using Appleton's HDLR than with our previous system. Workers appreciate how useful the RollMover(TM) is as well. Just the other week one of our staff stopped me at the plant to say 'Thanks for getting the RollMovers, they are the best work tool we've bought for the floor.'"

"Companies are always looking for ways to become more competitive in operations," said Paul Roth, V.P. of Sales at Appleton Mfg. Division. "The HDLR RollMover(TM) does just that by allowing companies to increase productivity while making operations safer and more profitable."

About Appleton Mfg. Division

Appleton Mfg. Division is a fully integrated engineering, design, sales, service and manufacturing firm dedicated to providing innovative products and superior customer service. Appleton Mfg. Division offers a full line of core cutters, custom and semi-custom core handling and finishing equipment, compact battery powered roll and cart movers, Safe-Slab(TM) Core Recyclers, cleaning showers/systems, as well as parts and service for all lines.

For more information on Appleton Mfg. Division's innovative product offerings, visit the website at www.appletonmfg.com.

About Wausau Paper:

Wausau Paper produces and markets specialty papers for industrial,
commercial and consumer end markets as well as a complete line of away-from-home towel and tissue products. The company is headquartered in Mosinee, Wisconsin, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol WPP. To learn more about Wausau Paper visit: www.wausaupaper.com.

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