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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to Keynote Aluminum Conference

February 8, 2011

Deloitte’s Tom Davis; Hydro NA’s Matt Dionne; Davenport’s Lloyd O’Carroll; Aluminomics’ Parks Dodd to offer views on policies & trends impacting the industry

ARLINGTON, Va., & WAUCONDA, Ill., The Aluminum Association and the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) today announced the General Session speakers for the 2011 Spring Meeting.  The organizations will co-locate their respective meetings at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa on April 7-9, 2011.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will deliver the keynote speech to the conference at the General Session on Saturday, April 9. Also scheduled to address joint sessions of the conference are Hydro Aluminum North America President Matt Dionne; former Member of Congress and Deloitte partner Tom Davis; aluminum industry analyst Lloyd O’Carroll; and Georgia Tech Economics Professor Parks Dodd.

“Former Governor Jeb Bush heads an outstanding program sure to give our members insight into policymaker thinking, member company views, and industry trends,” said Steve Demetriou, Chairman & CEO, Aleris International Inc., and Aluminum Association Chairman.

“The success of our joint sponsorship of ‘Aluminum Week’ last fall encouraged us to co-locate our meetings again,” said Tom Schabel, Chief Executive Officer of Alexandria Extrusion Company and AEC’s Chairman. “That partnership has again helped us in putting together this strong joint schedule.”

About the Speakers:
Jeb Bush served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He made Florida political history by becoming the first Republican Governor ever to win re-election. Since leaving office, he has formed and currently heads his own consulting business—Jeb Bush and Associates—where his clients range from small technology start-ups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He is also the chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national foundation focused on education reform.

Tom Davis is a former seven-term U.S. Representative who served Virginia’s 11th Congressional District. He was chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee from 1998 to 2002, where he was instrumental in maintaining his party’s majority in the House of Representatives.  Following his chairmanship of the House Committee on Government Reform, he would accept a position as Director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte LLP, in which he continues his efforts to bring effective, common-sense solutions to government.

Matt Dionne in June 2010 took over leadership of Hydro Aluminum’s North American extrusion business.  Prior to that, he served as vice president and general manager of Hydro Extrusion America’s Southeast Region. Dionne came to Hydro from Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution, where he last held the position of director of operations.

Lloyd O’Carroll is Senior Vice President and Metals Equity Analyst with Davenport & Co. He is author of The O’Carroll Aluminum Bulletin, a subscription-based research service that is distributed to producers, metal traders, end users, and distributors. O’Carroll is an experienced corporate economist covering areas including macroeconomic, aluminum industry, and commodity analysis.

Parks Dodd is president of Aluminomics LLC, a market research firm and consultancy focused on the aluminum industry, and a senior consultant in North America for CRU International, a well-known metals industry forecasting and market research firm. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Economics at Georgia Tech. Previously, he was Director of Strategic Planning and Chief Economist at Alumax before its merger with Alcoa in 1998.

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The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today’s market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate more than 200 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide.

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) is an international association dedicated to helping manufacturers, engineers, architects, and others to discover why aluminum extrusion is the preferred material process for better products. Since 1950, AEC has served its industry well by implementing its mission: to provide opportunities to network with peers and suppliers, address common internal and external issues, share data, train, and sponsor research: work together to enable members to function more efficiently, cost-effectively, and knowledgeably; enhance the growth of the aluminum extrusion industry by promoting the advantages of the processes and product applications.

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