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January 15, 2007

Alcoa Defense Wins AM General Contract to Supply Lightweight, Strong Aluminum Armor Plate

NEW YORK--Alcoa Defense announced today that it has won a contract with AM General to supply high performance, lightweight aluminum armor alloys for use on High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvee) for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. The one-year contract begins this month.

“Alcoa Defense is proud to partner with AM General to deliver the durability, mobility and reliability that the U.S. Army counts on,” said Dave Dobson, president, Alcoa Defense. “Alcoa Defense products are lightweight, corrosion-resistant and superior to other materials, protecting soldiers and providing greater mobility.”

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) 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

About AM General

AM General is a world-leader in the design, engineering, production and technical and parts support of military and special purpose vehicles. The HMMWV (High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle, pronounced Humvee) has been the mainstay truck of the U.S. military since 1985. AM General has produced more than 180,000 HMMWVs for the U.S. and more than 50 friendly international forces. For more information visit