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July 21, 2006

Alcoa Materials Management Selects Preferred Scrap Suppliers for 2006

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 21, 2006--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its Alcoa Materials Management (AMM) business has selected its annual list of the top ten scrap processors using criteria including: quality; volume; and performance. Six of the top ten suppliers are returning for a second consecutive year, joining four new suppliers that worked diligently in accomplishing this industry status.

The top ten scrap suppliers for 2006 are:

- ATLAS METAL AND IRON CORP. (Denver, Colorado)


- COMMERCIAL ALLOYS (Twinsburg, Ohio)




- SHINE BROTHERS INC. (Spencer, Iowa)

- STURGIS IRON AND METAL (Sturgis, Michigan)

- UTAH METAL WORKS (Salt Lake City, Utah)

- WEINER IRON AND METAL (Pottsville, Pa.)

In 2004, AMM initiated a Strategic Scrap Supplier Program to ensure future scrap volume and quality requirements for Alcoa's businesses. "The program's goal is to increase scrap units by utilizing fewer scrap dealers and focusing on strategic dealers who work closely with the company on substantial volumes, and annual and formula priced orders," said Rich Markiewicz VP of AMM Metal Purchasing.

"These ten strategic scrap suppliers are Alcoa's benchmark in grading all of our dealers from whom we are buying. This elite group has formed a partnership with Alcoa Materials Management and Alcoa plants to work together to understand each others requirements in improving the scrap process with Alcoa downstream plants," added Markiewicz.

The Second Annual Materials Management Preferred Scrap Supplier Award Presentation will take place on Thursday, September 7th 2006 in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition, two additional awards will be presented this year. The "Preferred Copper Scrap Supplier" will be awarded to Copper Consultants (Phoenix, AZ,) and the "Alcoa Materials Management Scrap Buyers Choice Strategic Scrap Dealer" award for outstanding progress made in improving quality and service will be presented to Schupan and Son (Kalamazoo, Michigan).

Aluminum is among the most recycled materials in the world, with approximately 70 percent of all aluminum ever produced since the late 1800's still in use today. Recycled aluminum is identical to smelted aluminum, except for one thing: it takes only 1/20 of the energy to make it. Less energy means reduced greenhouse emissions.