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Worthington Industries to Host 21st Century Manufacturing Task Force Hearing


Nov 12, 2012 (Marketwire via COMTEX) -- Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) announced today that it will host the Ohio House 21st Century Manufacturing Task Force for a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at 905 Dearborn Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43085.

The objective of the task force and hearing is to facilitate discussion and interaction between Ohio's manufacturing community, public policy makers and interested parties regarding strategies to improve Ohio's manufacturing competitiveness. Recommendations from this hearing, along with six others conducted throughout the state, will be presented to the Speaker of the House by Dec. 31, 2012.

Hearing Schedule:
1:30-3:15 p.m. - Welcoming remarks from John McConnell, Chairman and CEO of Worthington Industries and presentations from a panel of Ohio manufacturing executives
3:15-4:00 p.m. - Presentations from a panel on higher education

Ohio Manufacturing Panel Speakers:

  • Michael Fedorka, human resource manager, Chrysler Group LLC
  • Stephen Lewis, director strategic planning, Ford Motor Company
  • Rick Shostek, senior vice president, Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Mark Russell, president and chief operating officer, Worthington Industries

Higher Education Panel Speakers:

  • Glenn S. Daehn, Fontana professor of materials science engineering, The Ohio State University
  • Matthew J. Kinkley, Ph.D. executive director workforce, economic development and continuing education, Rhodes State College
  • Anita Todd, associate director, division of professional practice, University of Cincinnati
  • Kelly Wallace, director of adult workforce education, Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County

Ohio House 21st Century Manufacturing Task Force Members:
Chairman: Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)
Vice Chairman: Rep. Ross McGregor (R-Springfield)
Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance)
Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville)
Rep. Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Township)
Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati)
Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire)
Rep. Sean O'Brien (D-Brookfield)
Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood)

About Worthington Industries
Worthington Industries is a leading diversified metals manufacturing company with 2012 fiscal year sales of $2.5 billion. The Columbus, Ohio based company is North America's premier value-added steel processor and a leader in manufactured pressure cylinders, such as propane, oxygen and helium tanks, hand torches, refrigerant and industrial cylinders, camping cylinders, exploration, recovery and production products for global energy markets; scuba tanks, and compressed natural gas storage cylinders; custom-engineered open and enclosed cabs and operator stations for heavy mobile equipment; framing systems for mid-rise buildings; steel pallets and racks; and through joint ventures, suspension grid systems for concealed and lay-in panel ceilings, current and past model automotive service stampings, laser welded blanks, and light gauge steel framing for commercial and residential construction. Worthington employs more than 10,000 people and operates 82 facilities in 11 countries.

Safe Harbor Statement
The company wishes to take advantage of the Safe Harbor provisions included in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("the Act"). Statements by the company which are not historical information constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Act. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from those projected. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include risks described from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

        Cathy M. Lyttle
        VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
        Phone: (614) 438-3077
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        Sonya L. Higginbotham 
        Director, Corporate Communications
        Phone: (614) 438-7391 
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