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November 1, 2004

Alcoa Foundation Provides Disaster Grant to Aid Victims of Earthquake in Japan

PITTSBURGH, PA – Alcoa Foundation today announced that it has awarded a US$10,000 grant to the Japanese Red Cross Society, Niigata Branch in an effort to assist victims in the Chuetsu area, Niigata, Japan following a series of earthquakes last week that killed 31 people and left more than 100,000 homeless.

The grant is part of Alcoa Foundation’s longstanding commitment to providing support to victims of natural disasters in Alcoa communities worldwide. 
 
“We care about our community and wanted to help in any way that we could,” said Ryohei Maeda, managing director of Alcoa Wheel Products Japan, in Joetsu, Japan. “This Alcoa Foundation grant will help the relief teams of medical professionals operating the emergency shelters in schools and public buildings.”
 
The initial quake that struck the Niigata prefecture hit on October 23 demolishing more than 1,000 buildings, rupturing water mains, and causing widespread power and gas outages.  Landslides, aftershocks and cold temperatures have increased the damage and strain on the region. 
 
Alcoa Wheel Products Japan Ltd. employs more than 50 people.  The business is part of Alcoa Wheel and Forged Products, the leading supplier of forged aluminum wheels to the commercial vehicle market worldwide. AWFP also serves automotive, aerospace and industrial markets with forged parts of aluminum, titanium and other nickel-based alloys.
 
About Alcoa Foundation
Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in more than 32 countries around the world where Alcoa operates. The Foundation's grants address global and local needs in Areas of Excellence that include: Conservation and Sustainability, Global Education and Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships and Safe and Healthy Children and Families. Alcoa Foundation manages Alcoa’s ACTION and Bravo! programs which recognize the volunteer efforts of employees with grants to the organizations they serve. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit www.alcoa.com, under Community.
 
About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap® foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco® household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 120,000 employees in 41 countries and has been a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 45 years and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2001. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.