Sewall Acquires Forest Technology Group
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Sewall Acquires Forest Technology Group

September 3, 2006 - -James W. Sewall Company is pleased to announce its acquisition of the Forest Technology Group (FTG) from MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV).

FTG was founded in 1999 to develop web-based information systems and services for the forestry and natural resources industry. Its core technology product, the web-enabled Forest Resource Information System Enterprise™ (webFRIS Enterprise™), is built upon an advanced industry-standard architecture that provides state-of-the-art delivery of integrated tabular and spatial data via the web. Currently utilized by large forest landowners for enterprise resource management, this platform is expandable to a diverse range of industry and government applications.

The addition of webFRIS significantly enhances the offerings that Sewall brings to its client base. A leading forestry consultant since its founding in 1880, the ability to provide enterprise-level data solutions over the web complements its strengths in turnkey mapping and GIS, biometrics, appraisal, and forestland economics. Sewall CEO Dr. James H. Page notes: "We are delighted to have the webFRIS™ development team join us. Their expertise immediately strengthens our ability to provide the kind of data solutions our forestland clients can use to meet their critical information needs, and we look forward to making these solutions available to our many other clients in the municipal, county and state sectors, as well as the pipeline, electric and telecommunications industries.”

FTG’s current technical and management staff will remain in place at their offices in North Charleston, South Carolina, providing ongoing services under the direction of Sewall Executive Vice-President David Edson, LPF. The terms of the acquisition are confidential.

MeadWestvaco is a global packaging company that delivers high-value packaging solutions and products to the world’s most recognized companies. MeadWestvaco has been selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and manages all of its forestlands in accordance with internationally recognized forest certification standards.

Sewall provides comprehensive mapping services as well as forestry, civil engineering, and GIS consulting to a wide range of private- and public-sector clients throughout the United States and abroad from its eight locations throughout the eastern United States. For more information, please contact David T. Edson, LPF, Executive Vice President, or Lisa Schoonmaker, Director of Communications, James W. Sewall Company at (207) 827-4456; Email: Email Contact or Email Contact