Warrick Operations Accepting Alcoa Foundation Applications

Organizations interested in applying for 2007 Alcoa Foundation funds have until March 7th to submit a proposal letter and budget form.

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Installation of Litho Line on Schedule

The Lithographic (Litho) Sheet Line moving to Warrick Operations from Alcoa's facility in Davenport is on schedule to start production early this fall. The investment received support from the Warrick County Council in 2006 when they granted a tax phase-in on the significant investment as it will add to Alcoa's tax base in the community and create new jobs in the plant.

Alcoa's litho customers use aluminum sheet to create finished plates for use on printing presses worldwide to print newspapers, store signage, magazines, flyers and other printed pieces used in our everyday lives. Warrick Operations currently produces litho sheet, but the installation of this line will enable the plant to fully enter the market as a major supplier. The additional business also creates a brighter future for the plant with greater utilization of assets and more stable production levels.

Parts of the line continue to arrive from Alcoa's Davenport Works with more than 70 workers involved in the installation and construction process everyday.

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Alcoa Foundation Awards $300,000 to The Nature Conservancy

Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman joined officials from Alcoa and The Nature Conservancy in an event in the Statehouse Rotunda to announce the substantial grant to the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy that targets Wabash River conservation and Southwestern Indiana reforestation and rehabilitation efforts. In acknowledging the gift, Skillman said, "Here in Indiana, we all have the responsibility to be stewards of our environment. Today's event celebrates the hard work The Nature Conservancy and Alcoa Foundation are doing to preserve the Wabash River and maintain Indiana as a special place to live."

For more than two centuries, the Wabash River has served as a vital conduit for trade, travel and settlement in the Midwest. Biologically, the Wabash is a treasure chest of rare and endangered species and a critical migratory path and stop over area for many bird species. The grant to The Nature Conservancy will help energize conservation and restoration efforts of Indiana's largest river by initiating a scientific assessment.

"The Nature Conservancy recognizes the Wabash River as a crucially important river system to conserve the freshwater ecosystem," said Mary McConnell, State Director for The Nature Conservancy. "The Conservancy and our conservation partners are now at the stage where we need to better understand the components of the system in order to better conserve the river." According to McConnell, the Wabash River Assessment will identify what animal and plant species depend on the river for habitat and sustenance and where they are found along and in the river. The Assessment will also identify the stresses on the river system, as well as the sources of those stresses.

Not only is the Wabash a critical biological resource for Indiana, it is also globally significant, with over 400 occurrences of rare species and communities within the drainage. Directly and through its tributaries, the Wabash River drains about 75% of the State of Indiana, directly affecting 73 Indiana counties as well as many counties in southeastern Illinois. The Conservancy estimates that over 700,000 people in Indiana alone live within 15 miles of the Wabash River.

Likewise, Alcoa has five plants in Indiana and Illinois located less than 35 miles from the Wabash River or one of its main tributaries (such as the Tippecanoe River). "Alcoa Foundation is pleased to partner with the Conservancy on such an important undertaking," said Diana Perreiah, Operations Manager of Alcoa's Lafayette, IN, Operations. "This is a great opportunity to implement strategies to protect what Hoosiers fondly know as 'Indiana's river.''

In addition to the Wabash River Assessment, the Alcoa Foundation grant will also fund critical reforestation efforts in southwestern Indiana. Reforestation work provides carbon sequestration benefits, offsetting the negative impacts on Global Climate change, as well as other conservation improvements.

McConnell added, "The grant from Alcoa Foundation is not solely a gift for The Nature Conservancy, but for the citizens of Indiana. We look forward to partnering with other organizations working in the Wabash basin."

The Nature Conservancy is an international non-profit conservation organization funded primarily by private donations. Their mission is to protect the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in the countries around the world where Alcoa operates. The Foundation's grants address global and local needs in Areas of Excellence that include: Conservation and Sustainability, Global Education and Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships and Safe and Healthy Children and Families. Alcoa Foundation manages Alcoa's ACTION and Bravo! programs which recognize the volunteer efforts of employees with grants to the organizations they serve. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit www.alcoa.com, under Community.

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Recycled Cans Provide Three Times the Benefit

Over two weeks in February, more than 3,300 pounds of cans were sent to a recycling center providing a triple benefit to the community. These cans were consumed by employees across the plant or brought in by them from home. Not only did recycling the cans keep them out of the landfill and save tremendous amounts of natural resources, the cans generated funds for Habitat for Humanity of Evansville in addition to benefiting Warrick Operations employees who have experienced extraordinary health care costs.

Since November 1, 2006, Warrick employees have been recycling cans - averaging more than 1.5 pounds of cans per employee and generating more than $2600 in funds to support The House That Aluminum Built. This house will be built in the New Haven Subdivision as part of Habitat's Home Again Project benefiting the victims of the November 2005 tornado. Alcoa Foundation contributed $25,000 to the home and area Boy Scout troops continue to raise the remaining needed funds through can recycling.

In addition to supporting Habitat, the same amount of funds have been given to the Warrick Operations ACT (Action Clean Up Team) Committee to provide grants for employees who experience extraordinary health care costs that are above-and-beyond what would be covered by insurance. ACT Committee members review requests from employees and make grants that cover items such as out-of-state travel to specialists.

Recycling aluminum cans and other scrap saves more than 95% of the energy needed to produce raw aluminum. It is also one of the most profitable products in the recycling stream often paying for all of the other materials recycled in a community. Please do your part and recycle your cans with Habitat for Humanity!

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Delta Sigma Pi Names Alcoa's Lambert as Business Leader of the Year

The Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity at the University of Evansville honored Sally Rideout Lambert, community relations manager of Alcoa Warrick Operations, as the Business Leader of the Year during an awards luncheon in her honor, Thursday, February 15. The annual award recognizes an area professional who has exhibited leadership through commercial, civic and cultural activities, and has exemplified high ethical and professional standards.

Sally Rideout Lambert joined Alcoa Warrick Operations as community relations manager in 2002. She is the founding co-chair of the Warrick Operations chapter of the Alcoa Women's Network and manages the regional Alcoa Foundation and charitable giving in addition to media relations and local government affairs.

Lambert co-chairs the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana and is the president of the Warrick County Economic Development Advisory council. She also serves on the board of directors for the Metropolitan Evansville Chamber of Commerce, Keep Evansville Beautiful, and the Warrick County Community Foundation. She is also a member of the University of Evansville President's Club Executive Committee, the Koch Family Children's Museum Wisdom Council and the Evansville Alumnae Chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity for Women.

Lambert graduated from the University of Evansville with a B.S. degree in Political Science in 1991. She is a life-long Warrick County resident and currently resides in Newburgh with her husband, Walter.

The Business Leader of the Year award has been presented annually by the UE Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity since 1981. The past five year's recipients include: Stephen Golsby (2006); Rick Geissinger (2005); Linda White (2004); Steven Chancellor (2003); and Larry Dunigan (2002).

The University of Evansville is a private, United Methodist Church-related, comprehensive university that is a member of the Associated New American Colleges. UE celebrates more than 150 years of civic mission and sacred trust, providing life transforming educational experiences that prepare students to engage the world as informed, ethical and productive citizens.

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