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NEWS RELEASE

BONIFERRO MILL WORKS

*************************** Boniferro Mil Works receives FSC chain-of-custody certification

SAULT STE. MARIE - (November 6) - Boniferro Mill Works announced today that the SmartWood Program of the Rainforest Alliance has certified the Hardwood Saw Mill in Sault Ste. Marie to FSC chain-of-custody and controlled wood standards.

This announcement builds on the FSC certification obtained by Clergue Forest Management for the Algoma Forest.

“Boniferro Mill Works is very proud to be certified through the FSC certification process as FSC is the benchmark in environmental sustainability and social responsibility for forest management practises,” said Jim Boniferro, president and CEO of BMW. “This certification will allow us to better serve and support all of our customers in the very demanding forest industry marketplace.”

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an internationally recognized standard setting body that accredits and monitors forestry certifiers worldwide.

Founded in 1993, the FSC is a non-governmental organization that has developed the only forest certification system recognized worldwide by indigenous peoples, environmental groups, labour organizations and industry.

The FSC chain-of-custody connects responsible forest management and products with customers.

In this way, end customers are able to select FSC certified products knowing there is a system in place to verify the sourcing of the wood.

Boniferro received its certification from the SmartWood Program of the Rainforest Alliance, a Forest Stewardship Council accredited certifier.

“Achieving FSC certification is well-deserved recognition of the efforts and business practices at Boniferro Mill Works since we began operation in 2003. It strengthens our commitment to sustainability in all areas of our business from our logging contractors, to our suppliers, our lumber customers, and users of our newly certified by-products,” said Mike Thompson, vice- president, woodlands of Boniferro Mill Works. “We continue to adapt to the most challenging marketplace the Forest Industry has witnessed. This certification will provide a credible guarantee to our customers that our products originate from well-managed, controlled sources.”

The certification audit process was partially funded through the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

Boniferro Mill Works owns and operates a hardwood saw mill in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

They manufacture hardwood lumber for the furniture and cabinet industry, residential and sports flooring material and pallet and industrial manufacturing sector.

They presently have a workforce of forty-eight (48) and produce 12,000,000 board feet annually. ***************************