Resolute Announces Construction of Sawmill in Northwestern Ontario

      Resolute Announces Construction of Sawmill in Northwestern Ontario

PR Newswire

MONTREAL, Jan. 31, 2013

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MONTREAL, Jan. 31, 2013  /PRNewswire/ - Resolute  Forest Products (NYSE:  RFP) 
(TSX: RFP) today announced the  construction of a new  sawmill in the area  of 
Atikokan, Ontario. This investment  reflects Resolute's ongoing commitment  to 
the solid wood  business and will  provide significant economic  opportunities 
for First Nations in the region.

The Atikokan project  will involve the  construction of a  single line  random 
length (16 ft)  sawmill with  an annual capacity  of 150  million board  feet. 
Approximately 90  people  will be  directly  employed by  the  operation,  and 
additional indirect positions will be created for hauling finished lumber  and 
residual chips. Final site selection in the Atikokan area will be completed in
the next few weeks,  and construction is anticipated  to begin in the  spring, 
with completion targeted for  early 2014. The capital  cost of the project  is 
estimated at C$50 million.

"We believe in our  solid wood business  and we're taking  action to grow  and 
improve it. The new random length sawmill will complement our existing  lumber 
product mix in Ontario and will allow Resolute to improve its product offering
to customers in central Canada and  key markets in the United States,"  stated 
Richard Garneau, President and Chief  Executive Officer. "We are  particularly 
excited about the active involvement of  First Nations in the project and  the 
opportunity for shared economic benefit that this represents."

When the  Atikokan  project is  complete  and the  Company's  upgraded  Ignace 
facility re-opens, Resolute  will have three  modern sawmills in  Northwestern 
Ontario, with  a combined  production capacity  approaching approximately  600 
million board feet. In  addition to producing lumber,  the sawmills will  also 
contribute to the long-term  competitiveness of the  Company's pulp and  paper 
operations in Thunder  Bay through the  supply of residual  chips, as well  as 
support efforts to reposition  the currently indefinitely  idled pulp mill  in 
Fort Frances.

Today's announcement  was  welcomed  by  Ontario  Natural  Resources  Minister 
Michael Gravelle. "This is extremely good news for the economy in Northwestern
Ontario, and specifically the Atikokan area. I am particularly pleased to  see 
Resolute's proactive effort to involve First Nations in a manner that  creates 
opportunities and  shared benefit.  Our Ministry  has worked  hard with  First 
Nations and municipalities to increase opportunities for direct involvement in
the rebounding forestry sector, and  today's announcement is a real  indicator 
of the  progress  we have  made,"  said  Minister Gravelle.  "We  welcome  the 
additional investment by  Resolute in Ontario.  Over the past  18 months,  the 
Company has announced over C$175 million of investments in the province, and I
am certainly encouraged that a new sawmill in Atikokan could potentially  make 
a positive contribution as  Resolute continues to look  at viable options  for 
its Fort Frances pulp mill."

In   commenting   on    today's   announcement,   Gary    Allen,   Chief    of 
Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, stated:  "We are encouraged by  Resolute's 
investment plans in our traditional area and look forward to working with  the 
company to achieve  our economic  goals and  establish business  opportunities 
associated with this project."

Seine River First Nation Chief Earl Klyne agreed, stating: "We are pleased  to 
see this announcement being made today by Resolute. It was most positive  that 
the Company involved  First Nation  communities in  the early  stages of  this 
project  to  identify  areas  of  economic  opportunity  that  we  can  pursue 

Bill Mauro, MPP of Thunder Bay-Atikokan, also joined other public officials in
welcoming this announcement: "As the MPP  for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, I want  to 
thank Resolute for  this positive announcement.  This capital investment  will 
create a good number of construction jobs and significant long-term employment
in the Atikokan area.  This investment is also  another important signal  that 
the forestry sector continues  to improve, and that  Resolute will be a  major 
employer in our region for years to come."

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty expressed his gratitude towards  this 
investment: "This is certainly good news for forestry workers and  communities 
in the  Northwest,  particularly  Atikokan.  We should  all  be  pleased  with 
Resolute's commitment to  sustainable forestry practices  and their belief  in 
strong communities and family-sustaining jobs."

"This is great  news for our  community and the  surrounding area. These  jobs 
will be critically important in providing economic stability for our  region," 
added Atikokan Mayor Dennis Brown.

About Resolute Forest Products
Resolute Forest Products is  a global leader in  the forest products  industry 
with a diverse  range of  products, including  newsprint, commercial  printing 
papers, market pulp and  wood products. The Company  owns or operates 21  pulp 
and paper mills and 21 wood  products facilities in the United States,  Canada 
and South Korea. Marketing its products in close to 80 countries, Resolute has
third-party certified  100% of  its managed  woodlands to  sustainable  forest 
management standards. The shares of  Resolute Forest Products trade under  the 
stock symbol RFP on  both the New  York Stock Exchange  and the Toronto  Stock 

Resolute and  other member  companies of  the Forest  Products Association  of 
Canada, as well as  a number of environmental  organizations, are partners  in 
the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to identify solutions to
conservation issues that meet the goal of balancing equally the three  pillars 
of sustainability  linked  to  human  activities:  environmental,  social  and 
economic. Resolute  is also  a member  of the  World Wildlife  Fund's  Climate 
Savers program, in which businesses establish ambitious targets to voluntarily
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work aggressively toward achieving them.

SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc.



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