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October 13, 2006

Alcoa Initiates New Awards Program for Truckload Carriers

Announces Winners of 2006 Tier 1 Core Carrier Awards

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today the results of its inaugural Tier 1 Core Carrier Awards Program. The program was created to recognize the 12 members of this select group of U.S. truckload carriers for their outstanding commitment and service to Alcoa in 2006. Further recognition for the leading performers in this group was also announced yesterday in Knoxville, Tennessee, as Covenant Transport of Chattanooga, Tennessee, won the top award for outstanding van service, and TMC Transportation of Des Moines, Iowa, was honored for excellent flatbed service.

In presenting the awards, Kevin Anton, President, Alcoa Materials Management, said: “The Alcoa Tier 1 Core Carrier Program has been a significant paradigm shift in our historically broad truckload carrier management philosophy. This program has delivered strong results to both Alcoa and our core carriers in 2006 and continues to be facilitated on both sides by strong trust and meeting pre-determined success factors. Alcoa looks forward to continued business alignment and growth with our Tier 1 Core Carriers as we continue this program into 2007.”

The Alcoa Core Carrier program was created in 2005 to enable and facilitate, focused collaboration between Alcoa and its Tier 1 motor carriers. “By nurturing these strategic relationships, this partnership has delivered continuous improvements in safety, capacity, and service across the Alcoa network,” Anton said.

Selection criteria for carrier performance metrics includes volume growth, actual delivery data population, published rate turn around time, tender offer acceptance/expiration percentages.

In addition, specific qualifications are required to participate as an Alcoa Tier 1 Core Carrier. These include: provide service to multiple Alcoa businesses; cost competitive; meets Alcoa business performance expectations, i.e., pickup, delivery and safety; reconcile loss & damage claims and transmit advance shipping notification.

Following is the list of Alcoa Tier 1 Core Carriers for Flatbed and Van:

Alcoa Flatbed Tier 1 Core Carriers
  • Arrow Trucking Company – Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Builders Transportation, CO, LLC – Memphis, Tennessee
  • CRST Malone, Inc. – Birmingham, Alabama
  • Prime, Inc. – Springfield, Missouri
  • TMC Transportation – Des Moines, Iowa


Alcoa Van Tier 1 Core Carriers
  • Celadon Trucking Services, Inc. - Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Covenant Transport, Inc. - Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Dart Transit Company - Eagan, Minnesota
  • Heartland Express, Inc. of Iowa - Coralville, Iowa
  • Paschall Truck Lines, Inc. - Murray, Kentucky
  • Swift Transportation Corporation - Phoenix, Arizona
  • USA Truck, Inc. - Van Buren, Arkansas


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® foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco® 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 44 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 www.alcoa.com