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September 27, 2005
Alcoa Products Used on Anniversary Edition of Fleetwood's Bounder RV
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 27, 2005--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that products from three of its businesses, AFL Automotive, Alcoa Wheel Products, and Alcoa Fastening Systems Commercial, are included on Fleetwood RV's new 2006 Bounder gas motor home. The launch of the Bounder earlier this month marks the 20th anniversary of one of America's most popular motor home brands.
AFL Automotive through its Specialty Products Group based in San Antonio, Texas, provides the electrical distribution systems for the anniversary edition RV and has been a major supplier of complete electrical systems for Fleetwood motor homes since 2000.
In addition, Alcoa Wheel Products' aluminum forged wheels with its patented Dura-Bright(R) finish comes as standard equipment with the Ford chassis. Alcoa aluminum wheels with the Dura-Bright(R) finish resist corrosion and eliminate the need for polishing meeting Fleetwood standards emphasizing function and value. Unlike conventional surface coatings, Alcoa Dura-Bright(R) protection is a patented treatment that penetrates the wheel. Brake dust, grime and oil residue wash off quickly and easily.
Alcoa Fastening Systems Commercial business based in Waco, Texas, has been a supplier of various Huck brand fasteners to Fleetwood for more than a decade. Its Huck Magna-Lok(R) and Huck Magna-Tite(R) Blind aluminum rivets are used extensively on the Bounder to attach the exterior molding and ladders to the motor home. These two fasteners offer superior strength as well as weather resistant seal. Also used on the Bounder are two Huck brand Lockbolts - the C50L(R) and CSB30(R), a modification of the C6L(R) fastener. The advantage of using these two Huck Lockbolts is that they are vibration resistant and will never loosen.
About AFL Automotive
AFL Automotive, a wholly owned Alcoa subsidiary, is a world leader in the design, development and production of high quality electrical and electronic distribution systems for personal and commercial vehicles. AFL connects with vehicle manufacturers and their sub-suppliers in the major automotive centers of the world, including China, Japan, Asia, Europe and the USA. AFL Automotive has approximately 34 locations in 15 countries and 33,500 associates around the world.
About Alcoa Wheel Products
Alcoa Wheel Products is the leading manufacturer of forged aluminum and stylized wheels to the commercial vehicle, automotive, motorcycle and specialty markets. The business unit is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and employs more than 1,800 associates in seven locations globally.
About Alcoa Fastening Systems Commercial
Through Huck Fasteners, Alcoa Fastening Systems Commercial products team offers over a century of experience creating innovative fastener products and solutions for commercial transportation, automotive, industrial and construction markets. Our extensive product line includes blind rivets, blind bolts, Lockbolts, and a full line of pneudraulic and hydraulic tooling and installation equipment.
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 named one of the top three most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com