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BPB Plans Further Expansion of Gypsum Wallboard Capacity

BPB has announced the completion of a long-term agreement with American Electric Power, the largest coal-fired power utility in the United States, for the supply of synthetic gypsum to a new gypsum wallboard plant. This investment complements BPB’s plans for a new $100 million gypsum wallboard plant in Roxboro, N.C., which is expected to come on-stream in late 2008.

BPB will commission in the second half of 2007 a $100 million gypsum wallboard plant to be located near the AEP Mitchell Plant, which is located approximately 20 miles south of Wheeling, West Virginia. The new facility will operate at world-class manufacturing standards, producing 700 million square feet of gypsum wallboard
annually to meet sales volume growth and improve customer service levels in the eastern U.S. region.

The agreement will provide BPB’s new facility with a secure, long-term source of high-quality synthetic gypsum, a raw material from AEP’s desulphurization of its coal-fired power generation.

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