LONG-TIME SMEAD SALESPERSON HONORED

John Bledsoe named Smead Salesperson of the Year for 2007

LONG-TIME SMEAD SALESPERSON HONORED

HASTINGS, Minn. (March 19, 2008) - Smead Manufacturing, a leading provider of records management and organizing solutions announced today that John Bledsoe, a 29-year Smead employee, has been named "Smead Salesperson of the Year" for 2007.

In making the presentation, Tom Sullivan, Vice President of Sales, lauded John’s dedication to the Office Products dealers in his territory. "John’s territory covers Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, New Orleans and the surrounding area, the Florida Panhandle and eastern Arkansas. His dedication to our customers and their growth and success is tremendous. We can think of no finer example of a Smead sales professional than John Bledsoe."

"Smead has been a wonderful place for me to spend my career and I am deeply humbled by this award," said John Bledsoe commenting on the award. "Smead has a large number of talented individuals in its sales organization and it is gratifying to be honored among so many fine people."

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Smead Manufacturing Company is a worldwide leader in office filing products and records management systems. For more than 100 years, Smead has brought a spirit of innovation and integrity to keeping businesses and home offices organized. Headquartered in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is a privately held, woman-owned business offering over 3,000 organizational products with more than 2,300 employees across North America and Europe.