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May 8, 2006

Alcoa's Lafayette Operations Receives Occupational Excellence Achievement Award for Safety Excellence from National Safety Council

LAFAYETTE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2006--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its Lafayette, Indiana, facility was awarded a 2005 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award for Safety Excellence from the U.S. National Safety Council. The 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 time Lafayette has been recognized by the National Safety Council for its safety accomplishments. The facility received a Green Cross for Safety Award from the Council in 2004.

"We hold the safety and health of our employees as a core value of our organization and each our 1000 employees works every day at achieving employee safety. It is gratifying to see our progress being recognized by the National Safety Council" said Bob Morrison, Lafayette Director of Manufacturing.

"We are pleased to recognize Alcoa with this award. The Lafayette plant's consistent focus on employee safety has helped it obtain this achievement. Your participation in the National Safety Council Awards program clearly demonstrates the important role that safety plays in Alcoa. We appreciate Alcoa's ongoing commitment to safety and your support of the National Safety Council and its mission," said Denise Edwards, NSC Motivation/Awards Recognition Manager.

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 closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 129,000 employees in 43 countries and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at