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May 22, 2003

Alcoa Texarkana Opens New Tube Mills; Customers, Community Leaders, Employees Participate in Dedication Ceremonies

TEXARKANA, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2003--Alcoa announced today that leadership of Alcoa Mill Products Texarkana plant, along with key customers, community leaders and employees will officially open the two aluminum welded tube lines in commissioning ceremonies today. The equipment, part of a purchase of assets Alcoa made earlier from the former Scottsboro Aluminum rolling mill facility in Alabama, is now installed and in production.

The new lines, when fully crewed to a three shift operation employ 27 people, according to Ann E. Whitty, recently named director of manufacturing for Texarkana Operations. "We are excited about having this new product line in Texarkana, and we are delighted with the new customers that will be using our products. The addition of these lines at our plant will provide Alcoa's customers a full complement of welded tube products," Whitty said.

Customers and potential customers participating in the dedication ceremony and displaying products include fabricators of tubular metal parts and assemblies used primarily for lawn and garden and sports and recreational equipment.

The welded tube lines transform coiled aluminum sheet into a tube or other cylindrical shape, longitudinally welding the product while maintaining extremely close gage tolerances. The two lines produce products with diameter ranges of 1/2 inch to 2 inches. Various gauge, lengths, alloy, temper, shape and finishes will be offered to customers.

Alcoa Mill Products - Texarkana currently has over 350 employees making coiled aluminum sheet products for customers in the commercial transportation, automotive, building and construction, and distributions markets.

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 serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses as a single solution to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) aluminum foil, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 127,000 employees in 40 countries. For more information go to