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August 18, 2005

Alcoa Named Supplier of the Year by Tracker Marine -- World's Largest Aluminum Boat Manufacturer

TEXARKANA, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 18, 2005--Alcoa North American Mill Products was named the Supplier of the Year by Tracker Marine Group, the largest aluminum boat manufacturer in the world, based in Springfield, Missouri. Criteria for the award include quality, on-time delivery, innovation and competitiveness. The award recognizes Alcoa as one of Tracker Marine's top five suppliers of 650 key suppliers based on evaluation from various divisions of the company.

Alcoa provides aluminum coil sheet to Tracker Marine from its Texarkana, Texas facility. Tracker Marine uses the aluminum to produce the hull of several well-known fishing boats such as Bass Tracker and Pontoons boats including Sun Tracker(R) and Fisher(R), TRACKER(R) Avalanche(TM) Mod V fishing boat, and the TRACKER(R) Tundra(TM) Deep V line of fishing and sports boats, the most technologically advanced aluminum boats available from any manufacturer.

"Our goal is to provide our customers with the finest boating experience in the world," said Lee Shirkey, director Supplier Quality Development for Tracker Marine Group. "The quality of Tracker Marine boats has consistently improved because we have the best suppliers for a particular commodity. Alcoa is the premier supplier of aluminum to Tracker Marine."

"Receiving this supplier award shows the confidence Tracker Marine has in Alcoa and the employees of Texarkana to consistently provide a quality product. Alcoa Mill Products is always striving to provide our customers the support they need to be the best in their markets, whether that be through innovative products, cost efficiencies, on-time delivery, or customer service," said Linda McLaughlin, Alcoa Account Manager, North America Mill Products.

Alcoa North America Mill Products produces the widest variety of aluminum sheet and plate products in the world at plants in Davenport, Iowa; Danville, Illinois; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Texarkana, Texas. It makes everything from common alloy products to aerospace sheet and plate.

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