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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Good Job Alcan!

Alcan Inc. announced today that it is donating 500,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in relief efforts following the devastation caused to the U.S. Gulf coast by hurricane Katrina last week even though Alcan does not currently have any facilities in the affected region.

"On behalf of Alcan, our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims, in particular those who are part of our family. At present, many Alcan retirees and at least one employee were directly impacted by the hurricane," said Travis Engen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcan Inc. "Tens of thousands of people have lost everything: family, friends, homes, jobs. It is reassuring to see the global community unite and collectively assist the survivors to rebuild their lives," he added.

Ironically, Alcan operated a cable plant until 2003 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, which is a town that was virtually flattened by Katrina. This facility is one of the few buildings to have not been completely destroyed by Katrina and is being used in the relief effort. Alcan has also stated that they are monitoring developments in the region and continuing to assess additional means of providing assistance.

Alcan, not only a leader in packaging, a company setting a good example!

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