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Thursday, October 24, 2002

New Orleans, LA, October 24, 2002 – Viskase Corporation of Willowbrook, IL, was named 2002 Supplier of the Year by the American Meat Institute (AMI). Viskase Corporation President and CEO Edward Gustafson accepted the award during the Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase, October 24-26, 2002, in New Orleans.

The Supplier of the Year Award honors a company that supplies the meat and poultry industry and has demonstrated a spirit of teamwork and a commitment to achieving excellence.

AMI Chairman Phil Clemens, chairman and CEO of Hatfield Quality Meats, said that Viskase’s ancestor, Visking Corporation, truly revolutionized hot dogs when it introduced the skinless frank made with removable casings.

“Today, Viskase is a leading provider of an array of casing products including its original NOJAX striped casing. This product has been valuable in helping companies ensure product safety by facilitating casing removal inspection,” Clemens said.

He said that Viskase was the first to patent and market EZSmoke casings that have simplified sausage smoking.

“Beyond great casings, Viskase is known for its customer service and its training,” Clemens said. “The company runs the Viskase Technical Service and Food Science Institute, which has schooled many of today’s meat industry leaders.”

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs

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