Alcoa Wheels Selected as “Top 5” Product

February 15, 2011

LvL ONE® Wheel Recognized by Heavy Duty Aftermarket Journal

CLEVELAND--Alcoa’s LvL ONE® wide base aluminum wheel has been selected as a “Top 5” Product of 2010 by Heavy Duty Aftermarket Journal. Leading editors selected products that exhibit innovation, usefulness to the end user, effectiveness in improving performance and serviceability, and potential to help distributors gain more business.

As part of the LvL ONE® wheel family, Alcoa LvL ONE® wide base wheels combine the advantages of the lightest weight, brightest appearance and strongest payload capacity in their class with the benefits of a wide base wheel application. The 14-inch Alcoa LvL ONE® wide base wheel weighs just 62 pounds, saving 1,350 pounds over steel single wheels on an 18-wheeler. That weight savings translates to improved load capacity or improved fuel economy for the vehicle.

“Our LvL ONE® technology provides the advantages of a lighter, brighter and stronger wheel across our product portfolio,” said Mike Parnell, Vice President and General Manager - Alcoa Commercial Vehicle Wheels. “This latest recognition for LvL ONE® technology reinforces our commitment to delivering products that improve productivity and lower lifetime operating costs for our customers.”

Launched in 2009, Alcoa now offers LvL ONE® technology in applications spanning most popular 22.5”, 24.5” and 14” wide base fitments. The proprietary technology results in a wheel that improves vehicle productivity and lowers operating costs coupled with an eye-catching appearance.

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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 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.

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at

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