Neenah Paper looks marvelous on History Channel's 'Modern Marvels' program

Broadcast to be aired Jan. 24 during "Environmental Tech" episode of History Channel's 'Modern Marvels' program, scores big for paper industry, underscoring environmental measures such as paper recycling and converting wastewater for beneficial uses. Everything from water to sludge to steam power is part of a giant self-sustaining loop. More than one million viewers tune in every week to watch new episodes of the hit show...

ALPHARETTA, GA, Dec. 21, 2006 -- Neenah Paper, which pioneered the development of premium recycled papers nearly 20 years ago, will again help elevate the profile of its industry with a coveted appearance on the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" program. Neenah's innovative application of sustainable technology will be featured in a segment about recycling during the "Environmental Tech" episode on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007. More than one million viewers tune in every week to watch new episodes of the hit show.

"At Neenah Paper, located along the Fox River in Wisconsin, they're recycling a lot more than paper," the narrator says, as the program follows the process of manufacturing recycled papers and converting the wastewater into beneficial uses. "Everything from water to sludge to steam power is part of a giant self-sustaining loop."

Using a patented and award-winning method, 5,000 tons of sludge from all of the company's paper brands is converted to steam, electricity and glass aggregate every year. The primary purpose of this recycling process is to reduce the load on landfills, which carries out a corporate environmental directive. Neenah then purchases the steam back to dry paper during manufacturing and also to heat its Neenah, Wis., mill. The company projects that using this "Green Steam" will reduce its natural gas consumption by 80% annually.

"Neenah Paper recognizes that our industry is one of the most resource-intensive in the world. The manufacturing of paper consumes more water per ton of product than any other manufacturing process," says Meredith Christiansen, Product Manager for Neenah Paper. "Therefore, it's important as a leading fine paper mill to promote the technological advancements that allow us to recycle the water used in making recycled papers, return 70% of the water to the Fox River cleaner than when it left and to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels."

According to "Modern Marvels'" web site, the show celebrates "ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale…[it] tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders."

Tune into "Modern Marvels" on Jan. 24 to show your support of the industry! For specific air times, please check your local television listings.

Neenah Paper ( manufactures and distributes a wide range of premium and specialty paper grades, with leading positions in many of its markets and well-known brands such as Classic, Environment, UV/Ultra II, Neenah, Eames™ and other fine brand names. Neenah Paper is a proud consumer of Green Energy and is a U.S. EPA Green Power Partner. Neenah also manufactures many brands carrying the Green-E, Green Seal and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications.


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