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JUNE 2006

Atlantis Plastics to Install a
7-layer VAREX Blown Film Extrusion Line

Atlantis Plastics to Install a 7-layer VAREX Blown Film Extrusion Line
Purchase represents Atlantis’s second W&H VAREX line as company
continues growth strategy in converter & barrier films

LINCOLN, RI, June 2006 – Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation announces the purchase of a
7-layer VAREX blown film extrusion line by Atlantis Plastics, Inc. of Atlanta, GA. This represents
Atlantis’s second W&H extrusion line after the recent installation of a 5-layer VAREX blown film
system last November. The new 7-layer line will be installed at the beginning of 2007 in the company’s Mankato, MN plant.

Atlantis Plastics, Inc. is a leading U.S. manufacturer of polyethylene custom films, stretch films and molded plastic products used in a variety of consumer and industrial applications. The 7-layer W&H extrusion line was purchased to produce barrier films and expand upon the 5-layer line’s capacity
within the company's Custom Films Division.

This newest line is part of Atlantis’ multi-year plan to grow business in the flexible packaging market.
“We have made a serious commitment to the market when it comes to being a trusted source for barrier films”, states John Iacobucci, Vice President and General Manager of Atlantis Custom Films Business. “The decision to move forward with our second barrier line was simply the outcome of listening to our customers and responding.”

Bastion, Director of Marketing for Atlantis’s Custom Films Business, explains that Atlantis Plastics returned to W&H for its next extrusion line in part because the company is pleased with the 5-layer’s performance and wanted to continue the trend with a 7-layer. However, the final decision boiled down
to the advanced capabilities of the W&H MAXICONE die: “We compared leading barrier die technologies and the W&H MAXICONE die came out on top. The W&H die incorporates key design features found
in stack dies but also utilizes traditional spiral technology. The result is a highly flexible die with very
low material residence times and excellent layer uniformity. These are critical attributes for barrier

The 7-layer VAREX blown film extrusion line purchased by Atlantis Plastics has a maximum layflat
width of 86.6” and features the MAXICONE multi-layer die for 7-layer film and the OPTIFIL P2K
system for thermal gauge profile control. The line is also equipped with W&H’s FILMATIC S dual
surface winder installed in a face-to-face configuration with reverse wind.

Windmoeller & Hoelscher is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of flexographic and gravure printing presses, blown and cast film extrusion systems, multiwall equipment, plastic sack
and bag making machines, as well as form-fill-seal machinery for the converting and packaging industry.
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