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March 24, 2008

Alcoa Announces Winners of 2007 Tier 1 Core Truckload Carriers Awards

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today the results of its Tier 1 Core Truckload Carrier Awards Program for 2007. The award program recognizes a select group of Tier 1 U.S. and Canadian truckload carriers for their outstanding commitment and service to Alcoa during 2007. Further recognition for the leading performers in this group was also announced as Covenant Transport of Chattanooga, Tennessee, won the top award for exemplary van service. TMC Transportation of Des Moines, Iowa, and CRST Malone, Inc., of Birmingham, AL were honored for superior flatbed service, and Remorquage St-Michel, Inc. of St-Michel, Canada, won the inaugural Canadian carrier of the year award for outstanding truckload service.

In presenting the awards, Michael Parker, Vice President, Alcoa Materials Management, said: “The Alcoa Tier 1 Core Carrier Program continues to linchpin our truckload sourcing strategies in the U.S. and in Canada, and continues to differentiate us from our historically broad truckload carrier management philosophy. This program has delivered mutually beneficial results for both Alcoa and our core carriers in 2007, with both sides embracing the business levers that drive both of our successes in transporting Alcoa goods. Alcoa is committed for the long term to this core carrier program, and appreciates the input we receive from our Tier 1 Core Carriers as an enabler to continue a meaningful partnership with our key transportation service providers.”

During the event, Alcoa shared its commitment to provide outstanding solutions to the commercial transportation industry – solutions that highlight the benefits and sustainability of Alcoa lightweight aluminum, innovative electronic systems, and superior fastener products.

The Alcoa Core Carrier program was created in 2005 to enable and facilitate, focused collaboration between Alcoa and its Tier 1 motor carriers. “Alcoa is passionate about building and encouraging these strategic relationships. We expect it to be a true partnership that delivers on-going improvements in safety, capacity, and service, as well as taking out waste across the entire Alcoa network for us and our carriers,” Parker 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:

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

Alcoa Truckload Tier 1 Core Carriers – Canada
  • Equipment Masse, Inc. (Masse Express), Trois-Rivieres, PQ
  • Guilbault International Montreal, PQ
  • Les Etablissements Dubois Ltee., Napierville, PQ
  • Remorquage St-Michel, Inc., St-Michel, PQ
  • TFI 1, Inc., Trois-Rivieres, PQ
  • TFI Transport 16, Montreal, PQ
  • Transnat Express, Inc., Plessissville, PQ
  • Transport Robert, Boucherville, PQ
  • Transport Thibodeau, Inc., Montreal, PQ

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its active and growing participation 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 including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems. The Company has 97,000 employees in 34 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