September 29, 2008

Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products Announces Partnership With Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority

Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products is pleased to announce a partnership with the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, one of the oldest bus fleets in the nation. Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is Ohio's 4th largest public transit system with over 11 million passenger trips a year. Its fleet includes diesel buses, electric trolley buses, Project Mobility vans and buses and Wright Flyer street cars. To add to Greater Dayton's fleet, 78 new Gillig Corporation buses ordered will have Alcoa Dura-Bright(R) wheels with XBR(R) Technology. Previously, this had been an all steel wheel fleet. With the change to Alcoa aluminum wheels, Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority will experience the benefits of aluminum wheels including one piece forged strength, lower maintenance costs, since the wheels can be cleaned with just soap and water and a reduction in fuel costs due to the lighter weight of the wheels. Dura-Bright(R) wheels with XBR(R) Technology never need polishing and won't crack, chip, peel or corrode. The roll-out of the new buses will take place over the next three years.

About Alcoa Wheels and Transportation Products

Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, serves the commercial vehicle, automotive, and defense markets with products used in a range of applications including cast and forged aluminum wheels, aluminum space frames, specialized vacuum die cast products, niche products such as Dura-Bright(R) and Dura-Flange(R) wheels and M-Series(TM) medium truck wheels, as well as a variety of other aluminum components for these markets. AWTP is composed of three divisions: Transportation Products, Commercial Vehicle Wheels, and Automotive Wheels. It employs 2,800 people at 30 locations worldwide.

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined through its active and growing participation 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 to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa(R) wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, structures and building systems. The Company has 97,000 employees in 34 countries and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at

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