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Worthington Industries Moves from Nasdaq to the New York Stock Exchange


Columbus, Ohio, April 19, 2000 --- Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WOR) announced that its stock will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “WOR” effective today.  Worthington's stock had previously been traded on the Nasdaq stock market under the ticker symbol WTHG.

In making the move to the NYSE, Worthington's chairman and chief executive officer, John P. McConnell, said, “This is another milestone in Worthington's history.  Forty-five years ago we created the steel processing industry, and we continue to lead the way through innovation and expansion.  We are honored to be listed on the world's premier equity exchange.  This is a new home for a new era.”

Richard A. Grasso, NYSE chairman and chief executive officer, also recognized the significance of the occasion.  “We are thrilled with Worthington Industries' decision to list on the NYSE.  Worthington is a leader in its field and a well recognized member of the S&P 500.  We look forward to partnering with this world class company.”

Worthington Industries is a leading diversified metal processing company with annual sales of approximately $2 billion.  The Columbus, Ohio, based Company is North America's premier value-added steel processor and a leader in manufactured metal products such as automotive aftermarket stampings, pressure cylinders, metal framing, metal ceiling grid systems and laser welded blanks.  The company employs 7,500 people and operates 53 facilities in 11 countries.

Founded in 1955, the Company operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the golden rule, with earning money for its shareholders as the first corporate goal.  This philosophy, an unwavering commitment to the customer, and one of the strongest employee partnerships in American industry serve as the Company's foundation.


Cathy Mayne Lyttle

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