SMEAD MANUFACTURING NAMED 2009 PREFERRED SUPPLIER

United Stationers Honors Smead in File Folders Category

SMEAD MANUFACTURING NAMED 2009 PREFERRED SUPPLIER

HASTINGS, Minn. (Nov. 11, 2008) — Smead Manufacturing Company, a leading provider of filing and organizational products announced today it has been named the 2009 Preferred Supplier for File Folders by United Stationers, the largest wholesale distributor of business products in North America. The award was in recognition of Smead’s commitment to product innovation, dealer support, and sustainability.

The Preferred Supplier Award Program recognizes those companies that work tirelessly to establish a long-term collaborative partnership with United Stationers and the dealers it serves. Preferred Suppliers share United Stationers commitment to providing outstanding products, value and world-class service.

"We have always valued our relationship with United Stationers and we work hard to grow our mutual business with them and the independent dealer" said Tom Sullivan, Smead’s Vice President of Sales. "It takes a dedicated team to achieve outstanding results and we are proud to be recognized for these efforts."

Smead has worked with United Stationers for more than 50 years.

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Smead Manufacturing Company, a leader in office filing products and records management systems, was established in 1906 in Hastings, Minnesota. Smead is a privately held, certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) offering thousands of organizational products for use in the home or office. For more information on Smead’s high-quality organizational products, including hundreds of environmentally friendly products made from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)-certified materials, visit www.smead.com. To find your personal organizing style, visit Smead Organomics at www.smead.com/MyOrganomics.