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Dietrich Metal Framing Purchases the Remaining Share of Dietrich Metal Framing Canada


COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov 30, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dietrich Metal Framing, a Worthington Industries company (NYSE:WOR), today announced that it has acquired the remaining 40 percent equity interest in Dietrich Metal Framing Canada, its Canadian metal framing joint venture, from its partner Encore Coils.

The joint venture was formed in November 2004 as a platform to provide Dietrich's light gauge steel framing, proprietary products, building systems and services to the Canadian construction market.

In the twelve months since formation, Dietrich Metal Framing Canada established manufacturing facilities in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto; Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver and Montreal. Each facility is equipped with the latest, high speed roll forming and processing technology. An additional facility is being considered for Alberta.

"We appreciate Encore's contribution and their help in the aggressive development and start-up of our three new Canadian manufacturing facilities," said Ed Ponko, President of Dietrich Metal Framing. "Making the operations a wholly-owned subsidiary is a natural progression to complement our customer strategy for North America. We are pleased with the progress and our ability to serve our loyal Canadian customers from local facilities."

"Being able to work with the market leader in light gauge metal framing was very rewarding," said Roger Wild, Executive Vice President of the Encore Group. "We enjoyed the relationship - mission accomplished."

Dietrich Metal Framing is the largest manufacturer of steel framing products in the United States. Dietrich's 2,000 employees in 27 facilities use state-of-the-art equipment and in-house metallurgic labs to ensure superior product performance and competitive prices. Dietrich Metal Framing, founded in 1959, is a Worthington Industries Company.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Encore Coils offers slitting, blanking, decoiling and inventory management services from facilities in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta; Kelowna and Surrey, British Columbia; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Encore was formed after the acquisition of the North American specialty metals and carbon flat-rolled steel distribution businesses of Corus in March 2004. The specialty metals business was renamed Encore Metals and the flat-rolled steel business became Encore Coils.

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Worthington Industries, Inc.
Corporate Communications:
Cathy Mayne Lyttle, 614-438-3077
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SOURCE: Worthington Industries, Inc.

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