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August 8, 2005

Alcoa Lafayette Operations Receives Safety Achievement Award

LAFAYETTE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 8, 2005--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that for the third consecutive year, its Lafayette, Indiana, Operations received a safety achievement award in the Owner's category for efforts toward ensuring the safety of contractor employees by the Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS), one of the largest contractor safety coalitions in the United States. Lafayette is the only industrial facility in Indiana to receive the award in the past three years. MICCS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving zero injury on construction job sites and it represents more than 900 owner and contractor companies throughout Indiana.

Alcoa's Lafayette plant produces aerospace components and aluminum extrusions and tubes for customers worldwide.

Some of the criteria used by the award panel in selecting Alcoa include:

-- Injury statistics of contractors over a three-year period

-- Management commitment to safety

-- Safety roles and responsibilities for contracted projects

-- Safety planning and contractor safety prequalification process

-- Monitoring and reviewing contractor safety performance

In addition, MICCS identified the following six items that demonstrated Lafayette's outstanding contractor safety program.

-- Documented pre-job environment, health and safety review

-- Contractor process training

-- Contractor hours worked reporting

-- Contractor EHS database management system

-- Tool inventory process for shutdowns

-- Lafayette's safety and health website contractor page

"This award by one of the major contractor safety organizations in the U.S. is recognition of our commitment and effort to ensure the safety of contractors while performing work at our plant," said Robert Morrison, Lafayette Operations Manager.

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