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US Plastic Lumber Announces New Patent Covering Composite Technology

30 May 2000

US Plastic Lumber Corporation announced that broad patent coverage has been approved for their new and improved extruded wood polymer composite and method of manufacture. This patent covers both process and composition and encompasses both USPL's SmartDeck(R) brand of composite decking as well as its OEM manufactured composite material parts. "We are very pleased that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recognized the important technical innovations represented by this patent," stated Mike Dahl, vice president of engineered products for U.S. Plastic Lumber Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp. and the manufacturer of SmartDeck(R) and the OEM products covered in the patents. "Our patent rights broadly cover several key features that will give us long term market advantages in terms of economics and performance for USPL. We will leverage our novel approach to composite processing to carve out a significant and unique piece of the exploding composite market." SmartDeck(R) is an advanced composite of wood fiber and recycled plastic, making it extremely durable, moisture resistant, and low maintenance, while at the same time providing the look and feel of natural wood. SmartDeck(R) will not splinter or show the typical effects that moisture has on natural wood. USPL also caters to the OEM sector by manufacturing composite parts made from this same process for such end-market industries as spa, door and window, and consumer products. USPL is the leading producer of plastic lumber and plastic specialty products made entirely from recycled material.