Alcoa Defense to Supply Aluminum Armor Kits to AM General

October 8, 2009

Components Produced by Auburn, Ind., Facility

WASHINGTON--Alcoa (NYSE: AA) announced today that it will supply aluminum armor kit components for AM General’s Expanded Capacity High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV ECV). The aluminum kits increase vehicle occupant protection while improving the vehicle's mobility, dependability and performance.

“We look forward to strengthening our relationship with AM General by delivering innovative armor solutions for this critical program,” said David Dobson, president, Alcoa Defense. “Alcoa supported AM General in the design of the original all-aluminum HMMWV more than 30 years ago, and we are excited to make the latest generation HMMWV ECV lighter, faster and stronger. We continue to help them maximize light alloys while ensuring that their structures can be manufactured easily and cost effectively.”

Produced by Alcoa Transportation Products’ facility in Auburn, Ind., the strong, light weight aluminum castings that form the backbone of the four armor kit components are machined and assembled by Alcoa before AM General installs them in the HMMWV ECV.

“Our Transportation Products business established an excellent reputation for innovation and quality in the automotive industry and we are proud to now use that expertise to build stronger, safer structures that help protect those serving in the Armed Forces,” said Scott R. Kerns, vice president and general manager, Alcoa Transportation Products.

About Alcoa Defense

Alcoa Defense partners with industry leaders to design systems and materials that increase the speed, reach, agility and survivability of today's and tomorrow's strategic platforms. Through an unmatched combination of defense and commercial engineering, Alcoa delivers multi-product, lightweight and cost-effective solutions for programs ranging from the F35 Joint Strike Fighter to the M777 Howitzer to armored tactical and fighting vehicles. More information can be found at

About Alcoa Wheel 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® and Dura-Flange® wheels and M-Series™ 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.

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