Alcoa Kawneer Wins Crystal Achievement Award for Most Innovative Curtain Wall Product

September 15, 2011

Fifth time Kawneer has been recognized by Glass Magazine for
innovative product

NEW YORK–Alcoa (NYSE: AA) announced that its Kawneer architectural
aluminum products and systems business has been named the winner of Glass
2011 “Most
Innovative Curtain Wall Product”
Crystal Achievement Award for its Clearwall™
Curtain Wall
. This is the fifth time Kawneer has been recognized
with a Crystal Achievement Award.

Designed to honor innovation in the commercial, retail and fabrication
markets, the Crystal Achievement Award recognize significant
accomplishments in architectural glass technology, manufacturing and
marketing. Kawneer’s previous awards were received for “Most Innovative
Print Media,” “Most Innovative Comprehensive Marketing Program,” and
“Most Innovative Web Site, Large Company.”

“We are honored to once again be recognized by Glass Magazine,”
said Kimberly Ferro, Vice President, Marketing and Product Development
for Kawneer North America. “Kawneer’s Clearwall™ Curtain Wall is a
unique and versatile solution that meets the needs of both glaziers and
architects, and we are pleased that this key industry publication has
chosen to acknowledge it with a Crystal Achievement Award.”

To meet a growing demand for an admired monolithic look for low-rise
applications, Kawneer introduced its Clearwall™ Curtain Wall, an
innovative 4-sided toggle glazed system with a breakthrough glass
retaining mechanism. As a cost-effective alternative to four-sided
structural silicone glazed systems, Clearwall™ Curtain Wall’s unique
toggle mechanism reduces installation labor, simplifies on-site
logistics and enhances safety while providing superior aesthetics. Since
its introduction, Kawneer’s Clearwall™ Curtain Wall has received
tremendous response from both the glazing and architecture communities.

This year’s Crystal Achievement Award winners were featured in the
September issue of Glass Magazine and recognized at GlassBuild
America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo in Atlanta.

For more information on Kawneer or on the Clearwall™ Curtain wall,
please visit

About Kawneer

With more than 100 years of innovation and experience, Kawneer North
America is headquartered in Norcross, GA, and is the leading
manufacturer of architectural aluminum products and systems for the
commercial construction industry. Kawneer is part of Alcoa’s global
Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business unit. Alcoa BCS
manufactures and markets architectural systems and products in North
America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Alcoa is the world’s leading
producer and manager of primary aluminum, and alumina facilities, and is
active in all major aspects of the industry. For more information on
Kawneer or its products, please visit

About Alcoa

Alcoa 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