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

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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