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April 27, 2009

Alcoa Announces Winners of 2008 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 2008. 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 2008. Further recognition for the leading performers in this group was also announced as Covenant Transport of Chattanooga, Tennessee, who won the top award for admirable van service. TMC Transportation of Des Moines, Iowa, were honored for best-in-class flatbed service, and Remorquage St-Michel, Inc. of St-Michel, Canada, won the Canadian carrier of the year award for exceptional truckload service.

This year’s awards were replications of an Alcoa aluminum wheel.

In presenting the awards, Kevin Anton, President, Alcoa Materials Management, said: “The Alcoa Tier 1 Core Carrier Program has been proven to be a very sustainable strategy for our company the past few years and has delivered immense value to us and our carriers. The majority of the carriers in this group have participated since the inception of the program, so these carriers have acquired a very clear understanding of our operational requirements and we understand their capabilities in transporting our products. I couldn’t be more pleased with the evolution this program and fully support continuing it indefinitely.”

During the event, Alcoa’s Market Sector Team for Ground Transportation introduced emerging aluminum solutions for the commercial transportation industry. These solutions focus on the environmental advantages and fuel efficiency benefits of utilizing Alcoa lightweight aluminum, innovative electronic systems and fastener products.

The Alcoa Core Carrier program was created in 2005. Ed Hamorsky, Director of Logistics and Transportation said, “We are interested in sustaining an open business relationship with our carriers. We seek their ideas, input and critiques. My team does not have access to the same perspective into our business as our carriers. Subsequently, the trust we have built over the past 4 years empowers them to give us valuable information so we can improve safety, capacity and service in our transportation processes.”

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.
  • Builders Transportation, CO, LLC – Memphis, Tennessee
  • CRST Malone, Inc. – Birmingham, Alabama
  • TMC Transportation – Des Moines, Iowa

Alcoa Van Tier 1 Core Carriers – U.S.
  • Celadon Trucking Services, Inc. - Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Covenant Transport, Inc. - Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 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
  • Les Etablissements Dubois Ltee., Napierville, PQ
  • Remorquage St-Michel, Inc., St-Michel, PQ
  • TFI 1, Inc., Trois-Rivieres, PQ
  • Transnat Express, Inc., Plessissville, 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 been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for seven consecutive years. More information can be found at