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Sector: Consumer Goods
Country: United States

Temple-Inland Inc. is a Delaware corporation that was organized in 1983. We manufacture corrugated packaging and building products, which we report as separate operating segments. The following chart presents our corporate structure at year-end 2009. It does not contain all our subsidiaries, many of which are dormant or immaterial entities. A list of our subsidiaries is filed as an exhibit to this Annual Report on Form 10-K. All subsidiaries shown are 100 percent owned by their immediate parent company listed in the chart, unless indicated otherwise.

Our nationwide network of converting facilities produces a wide range of products from commodity brown boxes to intricate die cut containers that can be printed with multi-color graphics. Even though the corrugated packaging business is characterized by commodity pricing, each order for each customer is a custom order. Our corrugated packaging is sold to a variety of customers in the food, beverage, paper, glass containers, chemical, appliance, and plastics industries, among others. We also manufacture bulk containers constructed of multi-wall corrugated board for extra strength, which are used for bulk shipments of various materials.

We serve over 9,000 corrugated packaging customers with 15,000 shipping destinations. We have no single customer to which sales equal ten percent or more of consolidated revenues or the loss of which would have a material adverse effect on our corrugated packaging segment.

Sales of corrugated packaging track changing population patterns and other demographics. Historically, there has been a correlation between the demand for corrugated packaging and orders for nondurable goods.

Building Products. Our building products segment provided 16 percent of our 2009 consolidated net revenues. We manufacture a wide range of building products, including:lumber, gypsum wallboard, particleboard, medium density fiberboard (or MDF), and fiberboard.

We sell building products throughout the continental United States, with the majority of sales occurring in the southern United States. We have no single customer to which sales equal ten percent or more of consolidated revenues or the loss of which would have a material adverse effect on our building products segment. Most of our products are sold by account managers and representatives to distributors, retailers, and original equipment manufacturers. Sales of building products are heavily dependent upon the level of residential housing expenditures, including the repair and remodeling market, and commercial real estate construction.

We also own a 50 percent interest in Del-Tin Fiber LLC, a joint venture that produces MDF at a facility in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Raw Materials

Wood fiber, in various forms, is the principal raw material we use in manufacturing our products. In 2009, we purchased approximately 43 percent of our virgin wood fiber requirements pursuant to long-term fiber supply agreements, the most significant of which were entered into in connection with our timberland sale in 2007. Purchases under these agreements are at market prices. The balance of our virgin wood fiber requirements was purchased at market prices from numerous landowners and other timber owners, as well as other producers of wood by-products.

Linerboard and corrugating medium are the principal materials used to make corrugated boxes. Our mills at Rome, Georgia and Bogalusa, Louisiana, manufacture linerboard. Our Ontario, California; Maysville, Kentucky; and Orange, Texas, mills are traditionally linerboard mills, but can also manufacture corrugating medium. Our Newport, Indiana, mill manufactures gypsum facing paper, corrugating medium, and white-top linerboard. Our New Johnsonville, Tennessee, mill manufactures corrugating medium. The principal raw material used by the Rome, Georgia; Orange, Texas; and Bogalusa, Louisiana, mills is virgin wood fiber, but each mill also uses recycled fiber for its fiber requirements. The Ontario, California and Maysville, Kentucky mills use only recycled fiber. The Newport, Indiana mill uses recycled fiber and a combination of recycled fiber and virgin bleached pulp in manufacturing white-top linerboard. The mill at New Johnsonville, Tennessee, uses a combination of virgin wood and recycled fiber.

In 2009, recycled fiber represented approximately 44 percent of the total fiber needs of our mill system. We purchase recycled fiber at market prices on the open market from numerous suppliers. We generally produce more linerboard and less corrugating medium than is used by our converting facilities. The deficit of corrugating medium is filled through open market purchases and/or trades, and we sell any excess linerboard in the open market.

We obtain gypsum for our wallboard operation in Fletcher, Oklahoma, from one outside source through a long-term purchase contract at market prices. At our gypsum wallboard plants in West Memphis, Arkansas, and Cumberland City, Tennessee, synthetic gypsum is used as a raw material. Synthetic gypsum is a by-product of coal-fired industrial processes. We have a long-term supply agreement for synthetic gypsum that our supplier obtains from nearby industries, including a Tennessee Valley Authority electrical plant located adjacent to our Cumberland City plant. Synthetic gypsum acquired pursuant to this agreement supplies all the synthetic gypsum required by our Cumberland City and West Memphis plants. Our gypsum wallboard plant in McQueeney, Texas, uses a combination of gypsum obtained from its own quarry and synthetic gypsum.

We believe the sources outlined above will be sufficient to supply our principal raw material needs for the foreseeable future. The fiber market is difficult to predict and there can be no assurance of the future direction of prices for virgin wood or recycled fiber. It is likely that prices for fiber will continue to fluctuate in the future.


Electricity and steam requirements at our manufacturing facilities are either supplied by a local utility or generated internally through the use of a variety of fuels, including natural gas, fuel oil, coal, petroleum coke, tire derived fuel, wood bark, and other waste products resulting from the manufacturing process. By utilizing these waste products and other wood by-products as a biomass fuel to generate electricity and steam, we were able to generate approximately 85 percent of our energy requirements in 2009 at our mills in Rome, Georgia; Bogalusa, Louisiana; and Orange, Texas. In some cases where natural gas or fuel oil is used, our facilities possess a dual capacity enabling the use of either fuel as a source of energy.

The natural gas needed to run our natural gas fueled power boilers, package boilers, and turbines is acquired pursuant to a multiple vendor solicitation process that provides for the purchase of gas, primarily on a firm basis with a few locations on an interruptible basis, at rates favorable to spot market rates. It is likely that prices of natural gas will continue to fluctuate in the future. We hedge very little of our energy costs.


We have approximately 11,000 employees, of which approximately 10,000 are located in the United States. Approximately 3,700 of our employees in the United States are represented by a union. The majority of the union representation is through the United Steelworkers or USW.

In 2009, we entered into a framework bargaining agreement with the USW that covers our five mills with USW represented workforces: Rome, Georgia; Bogalusa, Louisiana; New Johnsonville, Tennessee; Orange, Texas; and Newport, Indiana. The framework agreement provides for a four-year contract and will be applied to all contracts expiring in 2009 through 2012.

We have 32 packaging facilities where the employees are represented by a union, 26 of which are represented by the USW. In 2010, seven of these contracts will expire and need to be renegotiated.

We believe we have good working relations with our employees.

Environmental Protection

We are committed to protecting the health and welfare of our employees, the public, and the environment and strive to maintain compliance with all state and federal environmental regulations in a manner that is also cost effective. When we construct new facilities or modernize existing facilities, we typically use best available technology for air and water emissions. This forward-looking approach is intended to minimize the effect that changing regulations have on capital expenditures for environmental compliance.

Our operations are subject to federal, state, and local provisions regulating discharges into the environment and otherwise related to the protection of the environment. Compliance with these provisions, primarily the Federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (or CERCLA), as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (or SARA), Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (or TSCA), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (or RCRA), requires us to invest substantial funds to modify facilities to assure compliance with applicable environmental regulations. Capital expenditures directly related to environmental compliance totaled $9 million in 2009. This amount does not include capital expenditures for environmental control facilities made as a part of major mill modernizations and expansions or capital expenditures made for another purpose that have an indirect benefit on environmental compliance.

Future expenditures for environmental control facilities will depend on new laws and regulations and other changes in legal requirements and agency interpretations thereof, as well as technological advances. We expect the prominence of environmental regulation and compliance to continue for the foreseeable future. Given these uncertainties, we currently estimate that capital expenditures for environmental purposes, excluding expenditures related to the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (or MACT) programs and landfill closures discussed below, will be $9 million in 2010, $6 million in 2011, and $6 million in 2012. The estimated expenditures could be significantly higher if more stringent laws and regulations are implemented.

In 2004, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (or EPA) published the Boiler MACT regulations affecting industrial boilers and process heaters burning all fuel types with the exception of small gas-fired units. In 2007 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit remanded and vacated the Boiler MACT. To date new regulations have not been proposed or issued. In order to gauge our liability accurately regarding future related regulations, we continue to monitor and are actively engaged in the process the EPA is undertaking to develop new standards for industrial boilers and process heaters.

We own landfills used for disposal of non-hazardous waste at four containerboard mills and two building products facilities. Based on third-party cost estimates, we expect to spend, on an undiscounted basis, $40 million during the period 2010 through 2055 to ensure proper closure of these landfills. We also have one additional site that we are remediating. We expect to spend, on an undiscounted basis, $2 million for the remediation of that site. A reserve has been established for these closure and remediation costs.

In addition to the expenditures discussed above, we incur significant expenditures for maintenance costs to continue compliance with environmental regulations. We do not believe, however, that these costs will have a material adverse effect on our earnings. Expenditures for environmental compliance should not have a material effect on our competitive position because our competitors are also subject to these regulations.

Our facilities are periodically inspected by environmental authorities. We are required to file with these authorities periodic reports on the discharge of pollutants. Occasionally, one or more of these facilities may operate in violation of applicable pollution control standards, which could subject the company to fines or penalties. We believe that any fines or penalties that may be imposed as a result of these violations will not have a material adverse effect on our earnings or competitive position. No assurance can be given, however, that any fines levied in the future for any such violations will not be material.

Under CERCLA, liability for the cleanup of a Superfund site may be imposed on waste generators, site owners and operators, and others regardless of fault or the legality of the original waste disposal activity. While joint and several liability is authorized under CERCLA, as a practical matter, the cost of cleanup is generally allocated among the many waste generators. We are named as a potentially responsible party in proceedings relating to the cleanup of six hazardous waste sites under CERCLA and similar state laws, excluding sites for which our records disclose no involvement or for which our potential liability has been finally determined. In all but two of these sites, we are either designated as a de minimus potentially responsible party or believe our financial exposure is insignificant. We have conducted investigations of all six sites, and currently estimate that the remediation costs to be allocated to us are about $2 million and should not have a material effect on our earnings or competitive position. There can be no assurance that we will not be named as a potentially responsible party at additional Superfund sites in the future or that the costs associated with the remediation of those sites would not be material.

Climate Change

There is an increasing likelihood that our manufacturing sites could be affected in some way in the future by regulation or taxation of greenhouse gas, or GHG, emissions. Although climate change legislation is pending in Congress, it is difficult at this time to estimate the likelihood of passage of legislation, or alternatively, the potential impact of direct regulation of GHG emissions by the EPA. Several states, including California, have implemented their own GHG regulatory programs. Our sites that are subject to state imposed GHG regulations, have not experienced, and do not anticipate, significant cost increases as a result, although it is likely that GHG emission restrictions will increase over time. Potential consequences of such federal and state regulations include increased capital requirements at the time of permitting for new emission sources or major modification of existing sources, and at the time of renewal of existing permits. Also, such regulations will potentially increase energy costs above the level of general inflation, as well as increase direct compliance costs. Currently, however, it is not possible to estimate the likely financial impact of potential future GHG regulation on any of our manufacturing sites.

Coal Combustion By-products

EPA is considering a regulation designating Coal Combustion By-products (CCBs) as hazardous waste and regulating their disposal accordingly. Contingent upon the actual language of such regulation if enacted, there is a potential direct impact on our continued use of flue gas desulfurization gypsum (FGD), also referred to as synthetic gypsum, which makes up approximately 60 percent of the raw material requirements for our gypsum wallboard manufacturing. We currently expect that any regulation in this area will include a beneficial use exception that would allow continued use of FGD in manufacturing wallboard. Alternate sources of natural gypsum are available but at a higher delivered cost. Such designation of FGD as hazardous waste would reverse the EPA’s affirmative determination in 1993 and in 2000 that FGD was non-hazardous and negate the EPA’s express encouragement of the use of CCBs in the manufacture of building products. The designation of CCBs as hazardous waste would also have the indirect impact of potentially raising the cost of electricity as utilities would incur increased waste disposal costs that would be passed through to customers. Until any such regulation is actually proposed for final adoption, it is not possible to estimate the financial impact of this potential regulation.