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Tension Corporation Begins Full-Scale Manufacturing
of the Sprint Two-Way Reusable ecoEnvelope®

Kansas City, MO 08-09-2012

KANSAS CITY, MO – Tension Corporation, a leading envelope manufacturer, announced that it has launched full-scale production of Sprint’s new two-way billing ecoEnvelope®. The roll-out represents the largest execution of its kind in statement mailing.

As part of our continuous improvement process, Tension worked quickly to incorporate customer and partner feedback through multiple testing cycles and ultimately, into productionTension has long been a pioneer in the design and manufacturing of two-way envelopes, introducing its first reusable product more than fifty years ago. “Throughout our long history, Tension has established a solid record of product innovations and solutions that work throughout the mailing process and benefit the environment by conserving resources,” says Bill Berkley, Tension Corporation President and CEO.

The two-way patent-pending ecoEnvelope® allows Sprint wireless customers to receive and pay their bill using the same envelope. Throughout the implementation process, Tension worked closely with Sprint and ecoEnvelopes™.

“Tension demonstrated its leadership and manufacturing expertise through their flexibility in adapting their manufacturing operations and with their innovative artwork design approach,” says Keanon Swan, Manager, Vendor Management & Postal Strategy at Sprint.

Tension also maintained a close relationship with DST Output, working alongside the customer communications provider to ensure the envelopes preserved their integrity throughout the high-speed insertion and automated mail sorting process.

“Throughout the entire testing and implementation process, our commitment to upholding the Sprint customer experience and the integrity of the billing and remit process helped drive a successful implementation,” says Berkley.

Sprint has received numerous accolades for its position on sustainability, including a #3 ranking on Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings, which honored Sprint as one of the nation’s greenest companies and gave it the highest ranking of any telecommunications company.

“Our reusable ecoEnvelope is just one example of Sprint’s overall commitment to environmental sustainability, using paper responsibly and working with collaborative and engaged suppliers,” says Alan Anglyn, Sprint’s Director, Care & Billing Services’ Business Management. “As part of our continuous improvement process, Tension worked quickly to incorporate customer and partner feedback through multiple testing cycles and ultimately, into production,” continued Anglyn.

Sprint ecoEnvelopeSprint estimates the new envelope format will save approximately $500,000 in operational costs in just over a year and the equivalent* of:

  • 447 tons of paper
  • 9,931,834 gallons of water, or 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools
  • 859,047 pounds of solid waste, or 31 loaded garbage trucks
  • 2,692,185 pounds of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent), or 244 cars off the road/year

*Estimates derived using the Environmental Paper Network Paper Calculator, papercalculator.org

“We are very proud to be working alongside Sprint in their commitment to reducing its environmental footprint,”
says Berkley.

About Tension

Tension Corporation, a privately-owned-and-operated company based in Kansas City, MO, is a global leader in envelope products and packaging & automation solutions. The envelope division serves a variety of industries including financial, insurance and direct marketing, as well as working with 3rd party providers directly. Founded in 1886, Tension produces more than 12 billion envelopes annually and has regional plants and offices throughout the country and the world. Visit www.tension.com for more information.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, over the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About ecoEnvelopes

ecoEnvelopes is an environmental company that designs reusable 2-way envelopes and mailing solutions that reduce mail costs and benefit the environment. The company partners with licensed manufacturers to produce mailing solutions for nonprofits, direct mail marketers and statement mailers across the United States. ecoEnvelopes mail solutions are manufactured exclusively on certified papers from managed forests with up to 100% post-consumer recycled content. The company’s innovative products meet the growing desire of corporations, organizations and consumers to participate in environmental stewardship. To learn more visit www.ecoenvelopes.com.

About DST Output

DST Output, LLC provides cross-media customer communications that address the broad spectrum of consumer preferences. Last year, DST Output and its affiliates produced more than 3.5 billion transactional communications that were received via postal, email, Web and mobile applications. DST Output is one of the largest First-Class™ mailers in the United States. For more information, visit www.dstoutput.com/about_us/.


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Celebrate 125 YearsTension Launches New Brand Identity to Highlight Expanded Technology, Services and Global Presence

The 125-year-old company unveils a new naming
convention, logo and tagline

Kansas City, MO, 07-13-2011

Throughout its long history, Tension Envelope Corporation has been an industry leader in envelope design, printing and manufacturing. As the company celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2011 and prepares for the future, it has announced an updated brand identity that includes a new naming convention, refreshed logo and a tagline.

We show our ingenuity everyday through our associates’ high level of performance. We provide solutions to help our clients improve internal processes, save money and deliver resultsAs of July 13, the company will be known formally as Tension Corporation, or simply Tension. Under the Tension brand there will be three distinct divisions: Tension Envelope, Tension Packaging & Automation, and Tension International.

“Envelopes are our core business and a critical part of Tension’s future. However, we have diversified to grow our business," said Tension President and CEO, Bill Berkley. “We are expanding our global presence and our leadership in packaging and automation solutions. The shortening of our name helps strengthen and clarify our comprehensive offering."

Tension Packaging & Automation designs and builds automated packaging systems and equipment for central fill, mail order and specialty pharmacies, and direct-to-consumer order fulfillment distribution centers. This includes equipment, consumables, software, service and systems integration. Tension recently acquired Maverick Enterprises, Inc., a pharmaceutical packaging equipment manufacturer based in Longmont, CO. With the purchase of Maverick, the company will now manufacture automated packaging equipment and systems, a step that provides Tension with expanded opportunities for growth in both its pharmaceutical automation and direct-to-consumer businesses.

In addition to the new naming convention, Tension refreshed its visual brand identity and developed a new tagline. The updated logo features clean, contemporary lines and visually represents its rich history by incorporating the classic "T" and red-and-black color scheme. The new tagline, "Ingenuity at work," embodies the service, quality and innovation for which Tension is known.

“We show our ingenuity everyday through our associates’ high level of performance. We provide solutions to help our clients improve internal processes, save money and deliver results," said Bob Broadbear, chief operating officer. "Companies turn to us for insight on new trends, industry innovations and process improvement recommendations to help their businesses be more successful. That is ingenuity at work."

Tension is privately owned and headquartered in Kansas City, MO, with regional sales offices and eight manufacturing plants and regional sales offices throughout the United States. International facilities are located in China, Taiwan, and Australia.

About Tension Corporation

Founded in Kansas City, MO, in 1886, Tension Corporation is a family-owned-and-operated company and is a global leader in providing envelope products and packaging and automation solutions. Tension Corporation serves a variety of industries including financial, pharmaceutical, insurance, direct marketing, photofinishing, utility, third party processors, and retail. With headquarters in Kansas City, Tension produces more than 11 billion envelopes annually with regional plants and offices throughout the country and four other facilities in China, Taiwan, and Australia.

Tension Corporation Announces Availability of Wind Power Energy Credits
for Application to Customer Envelope Manufacturing Orders

EcoFirst360 Wind PowerKansas City, MO 04-15-2011

Tension Corporation, a multi-plant nationwide envelope manufacturer, has announced that it has made a commitment with Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) to purchase wind generated Renewable Energy Certificates to apply to Tension customer manufacturing orders.

Tension's commitment will allow 1,000,000 kWh of renewable wind energy to enter into the national electricity grid and displace the need for other sources of power generation. This purchase makes a difference for the environment, improving our nation's energy sustainability and independence.

The estimated environmental benefit is equivalent to planting nearly 540 acres of trees. Tension customers that request and use wind energy credits will be able to display an exclusive Wind Power emblem on their envelopes as a demonstration of their own concern and commitment to environmentally sound business practices.

In 2010, wind power accounted for nearly 2.5% of the electricity generated in the U.S, with no fuel expended and near-zero emissions. Wind projects continue to be a significant percentage of all new power-generation capacity being added.

Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) is a leading renewable energy developer and marketer, currently partnering with utilities and competitive suppliers in 21 markets to offer renewable energy programs to 17.5 million electric customers. CEI affiliate, IBERDROLA RENEWABLES, Inc., has developed new wind projects throughout the U.S. and is the country's second largest wind operator. Community Energy is a Green-e® Energy certified renewable energy marketer. For more information, please visit www.NewWindEnergy.com.

Tension Corporation is one of the country's leading manufacturers of envelope products, selling directly to companies and organizations nationwide. Tension makes many of the envelopes you see and handle day-to-day, including financial services envelopes, direct mail specialties, and product solutions for packaging. Tension produces over 12 billion envelopes a year with plants, distribution, and sales/service offices from coast to coast. Tension alsohas plants in China, Taiwan, and Australia.

Tension Envelope Enters Agreement To Become Preferred
National Licensee of ecoEnvelopes

Kansas City, MO, 06-15-2010

Tension Envelope Corporation, a nationwide multi-plant envelope manufacturer, has announced that the Company has entered a licensing agreement with ecoEnvelopes, an environmentally-driven organization and developer of proprietary reusable envelopes. With this agreement, Tension becomes a preferred national licensee of ecoEnvelopes, and the two companies will work together to increase the availability and expand the selection of two-way mailing products for large-volume envelope users.

Tension Envelope has been a pioneer in the design and manufacture of two-way envelopes, introducing its first reusable products over 50 years ago. The well-known Send-‘n-Return envelope was patented in 1986 and still serves eco-conscious customers today. The company continues to work with mailers to develop and test reusable envelope configurations well-suited to today’s highest speed inserters. According to President and CEO Bill Berkley, Tension has “made and sold billions of two-way envelope styles over the years, while always looking to update and expand our innovative product lines.”

Founded in 2002, ecoEnvelopes has been a champion of the environment as well as an innovator of sustainable mail. Styles developed by the company have involved working directly with the Postal Service to enhance postal regulations and key standards to provide more design flexibility for environmentally friendly, two-way products.

EcoEnvelopes founder Ann DeLaVergne commented, "This new licensing partnership combines Tension’s creative, technical, and manufacturing expertise with our conservation platform and design advances." DeLaVergne noted, "Tension is a great company with a first-rate creative and management team, engineering and manufacturing capability, and a strong sales organization. Our collaboration is a win-win for business and the environment."

Tension’s long history of environmentally-sound business practices includes national recognition for its company-wide Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle initiatives, which include long-term comprehensive programs aimed at saving resources and conserving energy at every level of operation. "Over the years Tension has established a solid record of product solutions that work through the mailing process and benefit the environment by conserving resources," said Berkley. "This new relationship brings additional choices for our customers, and we are very pleased to join forces with ecoEnvelopes in this endeavor."

About Tension Envelope

Tension Envelope (www.tension.com) is one of the country’s leading manufacturers of envelope products, selling directly to companies and organizations across the U.S.A. Tension manufactures many of the envelopes you see and handle every day, servicing the financial, direct mail, photo finishing, utility, packaging and other industries. Products range from standard styles/sizes to specialty envelopes, some created for unique mailing or packaging purposes. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Tension produces over 11 billion envelopes a year with plants, distribution, and sales/service offices from coast to coast. Tension also operates plants in China, Taiwan, and Australia.

About ecoEnvelopes

EcoEnvelopes LLC (www.ecoEnvelopes.com) is an environmental company that designs and licenses proprietary reusable envelopes and mailing solutions that reduce mail costs and benefit the environment. EcoEnvelopes mail solutions are manufactured exclusively on certified papers from managed forests with up to 100% post consumer recycled content. USPS approved, ecoEnvelopes operate on existing high-speed insertion and postal processing equipment. The company’s innovative products meet the growing desire of corporations, organizations and consumers to be more responsible and contribute to environmental stewardship.

Hote-Note Logois Now a Registered Trademark for Tension Envelope Corporation

Official Hot-Note Logo in ColorKansas City, MO 04-27-2010

Tension Envelope has received trademark registration approval for the Hot•Note envelope style from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The envelope behind the name is a unique marketing product with a self-stick note built into the face of the envelope. Called the Hot•Note, this device has the characteristics of a traditional sticky note, but it is constructed as part of the envelope, rather than being applied as a separate piece. The Hot•Note is perforated for easy removal, and once detached, it can be retained as a self-standing note, attachable to any convenient surface, such as a refrigerator, computer monitor, or calendar.

Mailers and marketers can use the Hot•Note Envelope in dozens of ways that suit their promotional or informational needs and requirements. The note can be printed with any type of message, and it can be customized or personalized for any purpose.

Most importantly, Hot•Note is an innovative product that provides new ways to boost readership, improve response, and extend promotional life.

Tension Envelope Corporation, with over 120 years experience as a leader in the envelope industry, now offers this exciting new envelope from a nationwide network of plants and sales/service offices. Several styles are available as blanks for imprint, as well. For more information about the Hot•Note Envelope, contact Tension@hot-note.com or visit http://www.tension.com/html/hot-note.html.

Formation of International Envelope Coalition Provides Opportunities
for Worldwide Service to Envelope and Packaging Customers

Kansas City, MO 09-12-2008

Six worldwide leaders in the envelope industry have joined together in a strategic alliance called the International Envelope Coalition for the purpose of enhancing the products and services available to the global marketplace. The six companies are Tension Envelope Corporation, Bong Ljungdahl AB, Groupe SAS Hamelin, Vigamil S.A.C.e.I., King Corporation, and E. S. Wigg & Son. These organizations have worked with one another over time and are now formalizing their relationship.

  • These companies have formed an alliance that includes over thirty manufacturing plants, and covers five continents, North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia:
  • Tension Envelope Corporation operates in the USA (with subsidiaries in China, Taiwan, and ),
  • Bong operates in Nordic countries (also the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, and Russia),
  • Hamelin is in France (also the United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain),*
  • Vigamil is in South America,
  • King Corporation is in Japan,
  • E.S. Wigg & Son is in Australia.
The Coalition is uniting in a worldwide initiative to offer customers access to all six companies’ proprietary products and services through a consolidated global supply chain.  There is increasing demand by purchasers of envelopes and associated products for a simplified and streamlined supplier network to meet their business needs related to mailing, packaging, and distribution of information, as well as sales and marketing materials.The benefits of the International Envelope Coalition are to:
  • Offer customers complete and comprehensive mailing solutions on a global basis.
  • Serve as a single source so any customer or prospect can easily gain access for the manufacture of their envelope and packaging needs anywhere in the world.
  • Provide access to shared expertise of a cooperative mix of companies, holding the exclusive rights to manufacturing processes and product innovations.
  • Promote the worldwide value and volume of mail and mail-related business goals.

Each of the Coalition members has a unique profile of capabilities and complimentary geographical locations, and as a unit they offer a competitive advantage. Additionally, the companies will share and work collaboratively on product research and development, with emphasis on the improvement of machine technologies and operational efficiencies.

The establishment of the International Envelope Coalition will provide unprecedented opportunities for envelope and packaging users to access a far-reaching range of manufacturing, sales, and distribution services to enhance their business operations and serve and supply their own customers across the globe.

About Bong — Bong was founded in 1737 in Sweden and is today one of Europe’s leading envelope and packaging companies, offering customers solutions for distribution and packaging of information, advertisements and lightweight goods.  The Group has annual sales of approximately Euro 220 million and some 1,200 employees in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Russia.  Bong is a publicly listed company and its shares are quoted on the OMX Nordic Stock Exchange Stockholm. http://www.bong.com

About Hamelin — GROUPE HAMELIN is the leading European manufacturer of books and pads, filing products, envelope and desk lamps with a total turnover of approximately € 800 million.  It employs about 4,000 people, mainly in Europe, as well as USA, South America, Australia and Asia.  GROUPE HAMELIN products are sold under the CANSON, OXFORD, BANTEX AND ELBA brands. http://www.groupe-hamelin.com

* NOTE: In September 2010 Bong Ljungdahl and Groupe SAS Hamelin agreed to merge Bong with Hamelin’s envelope division. The new expanded company is named Bong and listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. Bong now operates extensively throughout Europe and the UK.

About King — King Corporation was founded in 1932 in Nagoya (located in central Japan). King Corporation has approximately 500 employees, in 3 manufacturing plants and 14 sales offices in Japan.  King manufactures and sells office paper products (envelopes, visiting cards, calendars, etcetera) and sells to the printing and stationery markets. http://www.king-corp.co.jp

About Tension — Tension Envelope Corporation was founded in 1886 in Kansas City, Missouri. Today the company provides mailing and packaging envelopes and fulfillment packaging systems to businesses nationwide from seven plants with over 1,000 employees in the U.S.A. Tension also has manufacturing facilities and operations in China, Taiwan, and Austrailia. http://www.tension.com

About Vigamil — Vigamil S.A.C.e I was founded in 1940 in Santiago, Chile. For years Vigamil has been the leader in mailing envelopes manufacturing in Chile and also started operations in Peru in 1998.Vigamil has two plants in Chile and one in Peru, with over 250 employees in the three plants. http://www.vigamil.cl

About Wigg & Son — The company E. S. Wigg & Son is a success borne over 150 years, currently operated by the sixth generation and descendents of Edgar Smith Wigg. Established in 1849 (Australia’s 21st oldest company), Wigg & Son has been a leader in Australia with new innovative envelope products to suit an array of customers’ markets.  These markets include direct mail, photographic packaging, fundraising, financial and insurance, and general office requirements. Time has witnessed a constant evolution of unique products and services. Products include the reusable envelope, CD and one-piece mailers, bangtail envelopes for fundraising, and creative designed involvement envelopes for the direct mail industry. Expanding from its original Adelaide manufacturing base, Wigg & Son has grown with sales offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. www.wigg.com.au

Tension Envelope Corporation Announces
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification

Kansas City, MO 07-09-2008

Tension Envelope has announced that it has completed the process to produce and print envelopes that meet the standards and requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC mandates for certification require Tension Envelope to meet rigorous chain-of-custody standards for paper made with fiber from FSC certified forests. Tension’s FSC certification reinforces the company’s commitment to the environment and to sustainability in all its business practices.

Tension Envelope Corporation Receives
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certification

Kansas City, MO 11-27-2007

Tension Envelope has announced that it has earned certification through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, allowing use of the SFI Certified Sourcing label on envelopes the company manufactures. To achieve certification, Tension was required to meet exacting chain-of-custody standards for providing envelopes made from SFI certified paper. An independent accredited auditing firm must certify annually that fiber used in the company’s labeled paper products was produced under the SFI forestry management standards. The SFI certification is the latest demonstration of Tension’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and environmentally responsible manufacturing practices.

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