SAN FRANCISCO, CA, APRIL 10, 2006 – SPL WorldGroup today announced that Pope & Talbot, Inc. has chosen SPL® Enterprise Asset & Work Management (EAM) to replace several disparate work management systems at its pulp and saw mills in the United States and Canada.  The decision to standardize on SPL’s solution across eight mills was the result of a substantial evaluation process.

Pope & Talbot’s growth through acquisition resulted in a diversity of information systems and divergent business processes.  Consequently, the need was identified to consolidate on a single work management, inventory and purchasing solution in order to streamline operations, reduce operating costs, and increase efficiencies.  After a substantial needs analysis and thorough vendor review, SPL was selected as the optimal enterprise solution.

“A clear majority of our evaluation team felt that SPL was the superior product,” said Jon Deitz, vice president of information technology for Pope & Talbot.  “We were impressed with its ease of use and the flexibility built into every step of the workflow process.  The robust functionality of SPL’s purchasing sub-system is a double value-add for us in that it will serve as the cornerstone of our corporate purchasing system, while also providing the much needed integration with our maintenance management.  Implementing SPL across our operations provides a leap forward for us in standardization and functionality."

Dave Mulit, president of SPL Synergen, SPL’s Enterprise Asset & Work Management Business Unit, commented, “We are proud that our product withstood intensive evaluation and was chosen to provide the basis for Pope & Talbot’s operational improvements.  Extending the SPL solution throughout its wood and pulp divisions will empower Pope & Talbot to reduce costs and increase performance while maintaining product quality.  System consolidation enables process manufacturers like Pope & Talbot to secure economies of scale and a centralized view of the business.  We are pleased to expand our partnership with this visionary company.”