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Dietrich Facilities Receive Key Third-Party Code Compliance Certification


COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 13, 2009-- Dietrich Metal Framing, a Worthington Industries company (NYSE:WOR), today announced that their 12 manufacturing facilities that produce structural cold-formed steel framing have obtained the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association’s (SSMA) code compliance certification. Dietrich is the first national manufacturer to receive certification for all of its facilities.

The SSMA, a Chicago-based trade association that represents manufacturers of steel studs, track and joists, recently launched a third-party code compliance certification program as a means for member manufacturers to certify that the structural cold-formed steel framing they produce complies with IBC 2006 code requirements. The independent verification is conducted by Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) and is supported with random facility inspections, as well as testing and sampling of certified products to assure compliance with current IBC 2006 code requirements.

“Dietrich has been and remains committed to providing code compliant materials, along with training and education for contractors, architects and code officials,” said John Roberts, president of Dietrich Metal Framing. “This certification allows us to provide documentation that our products meet or exceed Code requirements.” Dietrich Metal Framing has performed over 5,000 educational sessions for building industry professionals since 2005. These sessions include training on identifying non-code compliant materials.

Dietrich Metal Framing is the largest manufacturer of cold-formed steel framing products in the United States. Dietrich’s employees 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.

Worthington Industries is a leading diversified metal processing company with annual sales of approximately $2.6 billion. The Columbus, Ohio based company is North America’s premier value-added steel processor and a leader in manufactured metal products such as light gauge steel framing for commercial and residential construction; framing systems and stairs for mid-rise buildings; pressure cylinder products such as propane, oxygen and helium tanks, hand torches, camping cylinders, and scuba tanks; current and past model automotive service stampings; metal ceiling grid systems; steel pallets and racks; and laser welded blanks. Worthington employs approximately 6,400 people and operates 61 facilities in 10 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/employer partnerships in American industry serve as the company’s foundation.

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Source: Worthington Industries

Worthington Industries
Cathy M. Lyttle, 614-438-3077
VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
Sonya L. Higginbotham, 614-438-7391
Director, Corporate Communications
Dietrich Metal Framing
Karen Welsh, 412-889-4748

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