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February 26, 2002

Alcoa Honors 14 Suppliers for Outstanding UBC Quality

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2002--Alcoa Rigid Packaging, one of Alcoa's largest business units, announced today the selection of 14 companies to receive Alcoa UBC Supplier Quality Awards for shipments of outstanding quality used beverage containers (UBCs) in 2001.

The winners include:

    --  Alter Scrap Processing, Davenport (IA) Division

    --  Cohen & Green, Fayetteville, NC

    --  Consolidated Beverage, Worchester, MA

    --  Fulton Supply and Recycling, Denton, TX

    --  L. Knife and Sons, Inc., Kingston, MA

    --  Metropolitan Mining Company, Bronx, NY

    --  Mid America Recycling, Des Moines, IA

    --  Morristown Iron and Metals, Morristown, TN

    --  Quality Beverage, Taunton, MA

    --  Star Cooperative, Vestal NY

    --  Valley Metals, Harlingen, TX

    --  Valley Recycling, Chandler, AZ

    --  Yaffe Metals, Tulsa, OK

    --  West Virginia Cashin Recyclables, Nitro, WV

Created in 1997, the Alcoa UBC Supplier Quality Awards spotlight the importance of high quality UBCs in the remelting process and in eliminating potential hazards for employees.

According to Bryan Steverson, chairman of the Alcoa Rigid Packaging UBC quality committee, consistency is key. "Month after month, load after load, these firms make it their top priority to provide clean, dry UBCs that are virtually free of moisture, dirt, glass, plastic and other materials," he said. "They serve as a standard for the nearly 2,000 companies who ship UBCs to Alcoa, and we applaud their hard work and focus," Steverson said.

Several firms are making repeat appearances on this prestigious list. Fulton Supply and Recycling, L. Knife and Sons and Valley Recycling are now three-time winners; Star Cooperative and Valley Metals are two-time winners. "That's impressive, but not surprising," Steverson said. "These are companies that really take quality seriously, the kind of folks who take a last walk around each bale to make sure everything is just right."

The elimination of contaminants from UBC shipments has a direct impact on the quality and cost of recycled aluminum cans as well as the safety of employees involved in the recycling process.

Alcoa Rigid Packaging produces aluminum sheet for the beverage and food can industries and leads Alcoa's aluminum can recycling activities. Alcoa is one of the nation's largest consumers of UBCs.