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June 21, 2004

Alcoa's Lafayette Operations Receives Safety Excellence Recognition from National Safety Council

LAFAYETTE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 21, 2004--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that is Lafayette, Indiana, facility was awarded a 2003 Green Cross for Safety Excellence from the U.S. National Safety Council. The annual award recognizes employers that have injury and illness rates involving days missed from work equal to or less than 50% of the rate compared to similar industries and have no fatalities during a calendar year.

This is the second award Lafayette has received this year in recognition of its safety accomplishments. In April, the Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety honored Lafayette with a safety achievement award for efforts toward ensuring the safety of contractor employees.

The Lafayette plant produces aerospace components and aluminum extrusions and tubes for customers worldwide.

The National Safety Council is a private, non profit international organization with more than 60 chapters worldwide. Its mission is to promote policies and practices that can help reduce unintentional injuries and deaths in workplaces, on the highways, and in the home and community.

Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, 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(R) foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) 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. More information and its safety efforts can be found at