Alcoa, Governor Branstad Break Ground on Automotive Expansion in Davenport, Iowa

March 2, 2012

Alcoa Meeting Growing Demand for Light, Durable
Aluminum in Automotive Market

RIVERDALE, Iowa–Alcoa executives today joined Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim
Reynolds, and other local and state officials to break ground on a $300
million expansion of its Davenport Works plant here to meet rising
demand for aluminum from the automotive market. Car manufacturers have
said they plan to grow aluminum use from 343 pounds per car today to 550
pounds by 2025 as they switch from steel to increase the fuel
efficiency, safety, durability and performance of the cars they produce.

The expansion will create an additional 150 full time jobs in Davenport
once completed, bringing total employment to more than 2,300 high-value
jobs. In addition, during construction, an incremental 150 jobs will be
created at the plant. The previously announced expansion is expected to
be completed by the end of 2013. An economic development incentive
package from the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) helped
secure the selection of Davenport for the expansion.

Following the expansion, the plant will have more than 130 acres under
roof and will generate nearly $5 million a day into the local economy,
according to a new economic impact study by the Quad City Chamber of

“This is a great day for Scott County and surrounding communities. We
are proud to have Alcoa filling the world’s needs right here in Iowa.
This expansion is a testament to the tremendous Iowa work ethic, and
Alcoa’s recognition of what this great area has to offer,” Gov. Terry E.

“This is a great celebration. Alcoa’s expansion is occurring because
they make great products for their consumers,” said Lt. Gov. Kim
Reynolds. “We look forward to Alcoa’s continued future success and are
proud to partner with them here in Iowa.”

“This is a great day for Davenport Works and the state of Iowa. It’s a
great day for Alcoa. And, a great day for the automotive industry and
anyone who drives a car,” said Mark Vrablec, President of Aerospace,
Transportation and Industrial & Specialty Products for Alcoa’s Global
Rolled Products business. “The growth opportunities in automotive are
fabulous. Today marks just the beginning of capturing that opportunity
and we are proud it’s happening right here in the Quad Cities.”

Upon completion, materials produced will be used bumper-to-bumper in
automobiles and includes Alcoa 951 technology – a state-of-the art
pre-treatment that improves adhesive bonding for vehicle assemblies. The
process is used to pre-treat aluminum alloy sheet, extrusions and
castings to enhance bonding performance and will be licensed across the
auto industry.

According to a study of automakers by Ducker Worldwide, released last
year, OEMs said aluminum use as a percent of the overall automotive
materials mix is expected to double by 2025 to 16 percent.

Alcoa Davenport Works, which last year hosted President Obama, produces
aluminum sheet and plate for a variety of industries. Materials produced
at the plant are used in aerospace and defense, passenger vehicles (cars
and light trucks), commercial truck and rail transportation and the
industrial market. Davenport Works opened in 1948 and is one of the
largest aluminum fabricating facilities in the world.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated
aluminum and 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 ten consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at