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April 30, 2002

Pedestrian Safety System Developed By Alcoa Now Available

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 30, 2002--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that it has begun selling the Alcoa Guide Rail System(TM), a new easy-to-install product designed to direct people safely away from areas containing mobile equipment, machinery or other potential hazards.

The versatile, modular system can be installed both indoors and outdoors in a wide range of applications, including:

  • Plants, factories and warehouses as protection on decks, walkways, mezzanines and loading docks; and
  • Stadiums, theme parks and transit centers -- any setting where safe separation of pedestrians is critical.


The Alcoa Guide Rail System is priced significantly below comparable steel systems. It is available from Alcoa or its authorized distributor, R & B Wagner, a leading provider of railing systems for architectural, industrial and commercial uses. "Our commercialization efforts are currently focused on North America with an eye on expanding into European markets," said Ken Thomas, Manager - Business Development.

"The Alcoa Guide Rail System integrates our knowledge of workplace safety, engineering and manufacturing expertise, and reaffirms our commitment to the safety of our people and environment," Thomas continued. In 2001, Alcoa locations worldwide achieved a Lost Workday (LWD) rate of 0.16, a rate that is 10 times better than U.S. manufacturing.

The fully integrated Alcoa Guide Rail System, which was initially designed and manufactured by Alcoa for its own use, features interchangeable components that assemble easily into standard or custom configurations and lengths. Horizontal guide rails, vertical posts and corner adapters are made of heavy gauge Alcoa 6061-T6 extruded aluminum, powder-coated in UV weather-resistant safety yellow. The guide rails are available in 5', 10' and 20' lengths. The vertical posts include a protective top cap and corner post adapters to accommodate corners at any angle. A swing arm gate accessory is also available in various sizes.

Components of this patent-pending system are readily assembled and installed with basic hand tools. Pre-punched holes facilitate rail mounting and base installation. The rail-mounting hardware made of zinc-plated steel -- is part of the standard package.

Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa's aluminum products and components are used worldwide in aircraft, automobiles, beverage cans, buildings, chemicals, sports and recreation, and a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications, including such Alcoa consumer brands as Alcoa wheels(R), Reynolds Wrap(R) aluminum foil, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its related businesses are precision castings, vinyl siding, closures, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 129,000 employees in 38 countries.