Alcoa Selects ESS Essential Suite(TM) for Global EH&S Management System to Facilitate Company's Initiative to Improve EH&S Performance with Increased Efficiency

TEMPE, Ariz. - March 21, 2007 - Robert Johnson, President/CEO of ESS, the leading global provider of Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) and Crisis Management software and services, today announced that Alcoa, the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, will deploy an enterprise-wide EH&S platform powered by ESS Essential Suite(TM) that will integrate EH&S management systems to enhance productivity, reduce operational risks and costs, and support the company's efforts to maintain its leadership in EH&S as the Company continues its global growth.

When fully implemented, this deployment would span across Alcoa facilities in more than 40 countries.

"EH&S is a core operating value for Alcoa and we enjoy a strong reputation for leadership in this area", said Jake Siewert, Alcoa Vice President for EH&S and Public Strategy. "We accordingly conducted an extensive analysis of EH&S system solutions that would effectively support our short and long-term objectives. The ESS Essential Suite(TM) was a clear choice for our integrated management system".

"Alcoa is the latest global manufacturer to affirm the value using enterprise EH&S data management systems to help reduce operational risks and drive business excellence," Johnson said. "We are pleased to support Alcoa in its global leadership role to develop positive solutions to combat the effects of greenhouse gases on the global climate change."

Essential Suite is one of the most cost-effective and full-featured sets of information management applications available for environmental recordkeeping and meeting EH&S reporting requirements. The fully integrated suite is designed to help organizations meet their government regulatory requirements, and also use compliance data to develop business-enhancing performance metrics that reduce operational expenses and risk.

About Alcoa

Alcoa, number 79 of the Fortune 100, is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. The company serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets. Alcoa also makes and markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap®, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco® household wraps. Among its other businesses are closures, fastening systems, precision castings and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks.

About ESS

ESS is the leading global provider of Operational Risk Management software and services for Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) and Crisis Management. The company has provided global and local information management solutions to more than 17,000 businesses, government agencies and other organizations worldwide. ESS is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. with offices in Denver, Washington, D.C. and Calgary, Alberta. For additional information, visit

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