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WAVE's DC FlexZone(TM) Grid System Receives Two Awards at NeoCon 2009


COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 6, 2009-- Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today announced that its joint venture, Worthington Armstrong Venture (WAVE), in partnership with Armstrong, received two awards at the 2009 NeoCon World’s Trade Fair™ for the company’s new DC FlexZone™ Grid System.

The DC FlexZone™ Grid System received the Gold Award in the Workplace Technologies category of the Best of NeoCon 2009 competition and Grand Prize in the Workplace Flexibility category during Buildings Magazine’s Product Innovation Awards.

“WAVE is proud of the DC FlexZone Grid System and the revolutionary flexibility and energy savings it offers our customers, said John Lamprinakos, president and CEO of WAVE. “We continue to focus on introducing innovative products that our customers prefer and believe that an electro active grid system will have great appeal in the marketplace.”

The new grid system distributes safe, low voltage direct current (DC) power to lighting fixtures, sensors, and other electrical devices in the ceiling, based on a new, open industry standard from EMerge Alliance. The system’s “plug and play” technology significantly improves the flexibility and reuse of interior spaces making the installation or moving of light fixtures, audio visual equipment and other devices nearly as easy as changing a light bulb. DC FlexZone also contributes to the energy efficiency of buildings.

WAVE is a founding member of the EMerge Alliance, an open industry association promoting the rapid adoption of safe, low-voltage DC power distribution and use in commercial interiors. Worthington Armstrong Venture (WAVE) is a joint venture of Worthington Industries and Armstrong World Industries and has established worldwide leadership in the production of suspended ceiling systems. WAVE produces ceiling suspension systems that can be combined with Armstrong acoustical ceiling panels as a complete package or sold individually.

Worthington Industries is a leading diversified metal processing company with annual sales of approximately $3 billion. The Columbus, Ohio, based company is North America’s premier value-added steel processor and a leader in manufactured metal products such as metal framing, metal ceiling grid systems, pressure cylinders, automotive past model service stampings and laser welded blanks. The company employs approximately 6,500 people and operates 60 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, Inc.

Worthington Industries, Inc.
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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