Nextier, ForestExpress Ally

To provide connectivity choice for customers, deliver integrated solutions

Atlanta and Memphis, TN — May 1, 2003 — ForestExpress, a transaction-processing network for the forest products industry and its allied industries, along with Nextier Solutions Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of International Paper and a provider of Internet-based print production supply chain management tools, yesterday announced a connectivity agreement to provide customers an additional connectivity choice when integrating to Nextier Solutions applications.

Under the accord, trading partners can use a single connection to the ForestExpress network and electronically link their systems to Nextier.

Nextier Business Manager Peter Wilson said, "This agreement represents progress for the print publication and paper industry's advance toward more cost effective e-business planning, procurement and delivery collaboration. By offering connectivity through ForestExpress, we are further opening the door for companies to extract e-business value while they exchange business information with their trading partners."

ForestExpress CEO Bob Renner commended the partnership with Nextier for continuing to drive customer benefits. "Our trading partners want integrated access to relevant industry applications, and Nextier has proven it is a value-added provider in paper supply chain management."