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March 24, 2010

Alcoa Wins Inaugural Environmental Award

EVANSVILLE, Ind.--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its Warrick (Indiana) Operations has received the inaugural environmental award given during the annual Celebration of Leadership Awards sponsored by Leadership Evansville, an organization committed to community betterment. The awards recognize businesses, individuals and institutions that have made significant collaborative contributions to the community.

Nominations are made by the public, and a diverse group of local leaders decide on the winners.

Alcoa’s Warrick plant was nominated by Dan Schenk, the chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College. He cited Alcoa’s investments in environmental improvements at its business and in the community, including the annual Environmental Open House and its Household Hazardous Waste Recycling days, as well as the willingness of the plant’s management to actively engage with the community.

"Alcoa Warrick Operations is a regional leader in utilizing the public’s input in improving environmental performance," the application reads. "It has a commitment to go above and beyond…and our community is better because of all the things that Alcoa doesn’t have to do, but does."

“This is a special recognition for us because it comes from our community,” said Ed Hemmersbach, Warrick Rigid Packaging Location Manager. “At Alcoa, we recognize that the success of our business is directly connected to the strength of the communities in which we operate. Good corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship are core values at Alcoa.”

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at