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Alsip, Ill. - Nov. 9, 2010 - FutureMarkTM Paper Company, the only North American manufacturer capable of producing up to 100% recycled coated paper for magazines and catalogs, was awarded the Best Green Reliability Program by Uptime Magazine yesterday at the Solutions 2.0 Conference.

“The judging panel was impressed by FutureMark Paper’s commitment to environmental sustainability in every aspect of its business, including its predictive maintenance and reliability programs,” said Terry O’Hanlon, publisher of Uptime Magazine and Reliabilityweb.com.  “The gains that FutureMark made in production, efficiency and cost avoidance demonstrate the significant impact a well-designed, well-run predictive maintenance program can have on a company’s operations.”

FutureMark Paper Company estimates it has saved more than $2 million so far from reductions in downtime, idle time, quality losses and maintenance costs since embarking on its new maintenance and reliability program last year.  The company has instituted hundreds of changes to its machine monitoring and plant maintenance programs, from simple process refinements in the prioritizing and handling of work orders to the complex integration of accelerometers, infrared scanners and ultrasonic sensors to detect potential points of malfunction before they can disrupt production.

“Our predictive maintenance program is a prime example of how new technologies and process innovations can help transform a business,” said FutureMark’s CEO Steve Silver.  “Our maintenance engineers have helped us achieve our highest-ever production levels to meet the unprecedented demand for our recycled paper.  We’re grateful for their hard work and are very proud to be honored as Uptime’s Best Green Reliability Program.”

The Uptime PdM Awards recognize exceptional predictive maintenance programs and the engineering teams who run them.  Winners are chosen from a broad field of applicants in such diverse industries as energy, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, mining and paper.  This year’s winners were honored during an awards ceremony last night at the Solutions 2.0 Conference in Bonita Springs, Fla.

The following members of FutureMark Paper’s maintenance engineering team were honored with the Best Green Reliability Program award:

• Brian Brzinski, Director of Maintenance Operations
• Ed Lazzaro, Mechanical Planner
• Jeremy Holiness, Electrical Planner
• Ron Biskup, Mechanical Supervisor
• Greg Osenga, Electrical Supervisor
• Marie Getsug, Reliability Engineer
• Teri Tippett, Maintenance Assistant
• Vince Bellick, Inspector
• Gary Latham, PdM Technician

About FutureMark Paper Company
FutureMark Paper Company is an environmental paper manufacturer that produces high-quality paper with an unmatched level of recycled content.  As the only company in North America capable of manufacturing up to 100 percent recycled coated mechanical printing paper, FutureMark Paper is committed to helping its customers achieve their environmental objectives without compromising on paper quality or performance.  By delivering the future standard for environmental-grade paper today, FutureMark Paper is aggressively growing its position as the preferred paper partner for North America’s sustainability leaders.  For more information, please visit www.FutureMarkPaper.com.

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