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February 4, 2005

Alcoa Provides Pathway to Super Bowl XXXIX

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 4, 2005--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that Presto Products Company, a business of Alcoa Consumer Products, provided the walkways for the 100,000 fans that will be filtering into Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, FL on Sunday to watch the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.

"Our Geoweb(R) Load Support System was installed in three separate walkway areas in preparation of receiving thousands of fans at Alltel Stadium," said Gary Bach, Presto's GEOSYSTEMS(R) Business Unit Manager. "The 80x120 foot walkways will provide a stable walking surface over soft soils for the heavy pedestrian traffic that is anticipated as fans exit the buses and head out to watch the championship game."

Approximately 27,000 square feet of the Alcoa-Presto Geoweb(R) Load Support System was installed along the walkways. The Geoweb(R) system is made of sheets of polyethylene honeycombed, interconnecting cells that are laid down and filled with aggregate stone. The system stabilizes the walkway by providing an even load over weak soils. The Geoweb(R) system is used in other load support applications from trails, roadway and parking areas to intermodal, railroad and port facilities.

GEOSYSTEMS(R) produces specialty products for slope and channel protection, load support and earth retention. These engineered materials are used by landscaping and construction industry clients worldwide. More information can be found at

About Presto Products Company

Presto, headquartered in Appleton, WI, is a market-leading supplier of products ranging from private label food and disposer bags to packaging closures to soil stabilization materials to specialty stretch films. With entrepreneurial beginnings as a manufacturer of plastic bags and wrap, Presto is now a business of Alcoa Consumer Products. This combination gives Presto the strength and agility to provide leading-edge products and services that help our customers compete.

About Alcoa

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 131,000 employees in 43 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