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Dietrich's Metal Lath Receives Significant Building Code Endorsement


COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 5, 2009-- Dietrich Metal Framing, a Worthington Industries company (NYSE:WOR), recently obtained a significant building code endorsement for metal lath and lath trim products.

The International Code Conference Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) has certified, in report ESR-2698, that Dietrich’s Junior Diamond Mesh Lath, Self-Furred Diamond Mesh Lath, 3/8-inch Riblath, Self-furring Dimpled and V-Grooved Paperback Diamond Mesh Lath, Cornerite, Striplath, and 1-A Expanded Flange Corner Bead products are code compliant building products and are approved for construction use even when not specifically named in existing codes. ICC-ES reports are recognized and accepted by nearly every jurisdiction in the United States.

John Roberts, president, Dietrich Metal Framing stated, “The market continues to demand code compliant products, and we will seek ICC certification as we develop new and innovative products for our customers.”

“With the adoption of the ICC 2006 International Building Code (IBC) as the basis for the current 2007 California Building Code (CBC), and the soon to be adoption of the new ICC 2009 IBC as the basis for the new 2010 CBC, it is imperative that manufacturers also have their products approved by ICC,” said Bruce A. Poulsen, Architect and Architectural Specifier. “The Division of the State Architect, Structural Safety Section, is now and will for future projects seek ICC approval on manufactured products, especially those that have Structural Safety Review.”

The metal lath and trim products certified in the ICC-ES report are used to reinforce interior or exterior plaster installed in accordance with the 2003 and 2006 International Building Codes, as well as the 2003 and 2006 International Residential Codes.

Dietrich Metal Framing is the largest manufacturer of 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 63 facilities in 10 countries.

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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

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