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January 12, 1998

Bergeron Named Executive Vice President; Coleman Joins Alcoa as Vice President and Head of Rigid Packaging Business Unit

PITTSBURGH--January 12, 1998-- Alcoa announced that George E. Bergeron, 56, has been named executive vice president. He had been president, Alcoa Rigid Packaging, one of Alcoa's largest business units, which produces aluminum sheet for the beverage and food can industries and leads Alcoa's aluminum can recycling activities. Mr. Bergeron will focus on specific corporate growth initiatives to contribute to Alcoa's goal of reaching $20 billion in revenues by 2000. Succeeding Mr. Bergeron will be Michael Coleman, 47, who joins Alcoa as a vice president of the company and president of Alcoa's Rigid Packaging business unit.

Mr. Coleman has been president of North Star Steel, a unit of Cargill Steel Group, since 1996. North Star Steel is the second largest mini-mill steelmaker in the U.S. and ranks as the nation's eighth largest steel producer. He also had responsibility for North Star Recycling, a scrap recycling subsidiary of North Star. During his 15-year career with North Star, Mr. Coleman has held several operations management positions, including accountability for the construction of a new steel mill in Arizona.

Mr. Coleman was previously employed in engineering management positions with Pullman Standard Corporation in Chicago and United States Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Coleman is a 1977 graduate of Penn State University, with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

Mr. Bergeron joined Alcoa in 1968. During his career, he has held a series of production and marketing assignments before becoming president of Alcoa Closure Systems International, a business unit that makes plastic caps and capping equipment for the packaging market. In 1990, Mr. Bergeron was elected an Alcoa vice president and general manager of the Rigid Packaging Division. He assumed his most recent position as president, Rigid Packaging in 1991.