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Hydro Aluminum Adds Capacity, Improves Quality of Drawn Tube Products at St. Augustine Plant

LINTHICUM, Md. - June 24, 2008 - Hydro Aluminum's Extrusion Americas unit expanded its drawn-tube manufacturing by adding two custom-made draw benches at its plant in St. Augustine, Fla.

The benches feature quick-loading mechanisms that allow for continuous output, which provides a significant increase in total capacity. The benches also improve the finish quality of bright draws, which are commonly used in applications such as lawn and garden equipment, recreational vehicles, and boats and marine accessories.

Drawn aluminum tube displays exceptional strength and can be produced to extremely precise tolerances. It is used in virtually all product manufacturing sectors, including recreational and home leisure products, automotive parts, electronics, healthcare products and industrial equipment.

About Hydro

Extrusion Americas is a unit of Norsk Hydro, a Fortune Global 500 supplier of aluminum and aluminum products. Based in Oslo, Norway, the company employs 25,000 in more than 30 countries, and has activities on six continents. Hydro is the world's third-largest aluminum supplier, the largest single manufacturer of primary metal and extruded aluminum products in Europe, and a leader in delivering innovative light metal solutions to the automotive and building industries worldwide.

In North America, Hydro provides aluminum solutions including supply sourcing, extrusion, finishing, and fabrication of components, as well as engineering and contract manufacturing services, for a variety of industries.

Brian Courtney
Senior Public Relations Executive
Schubert Communications
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