Aleris International, Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire the Assets of EKCO Products



    BEACHWOOD, Ohio, April 24 /CNW/ -- Aleris International, Inc. announced
today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Charter Oak Capital
Partners to acquire the assets of EKCO Products, a light gauge sheet and heavy
gauge foil producer headquartered in Clayton, New Jersey. Closing is expected
to occur in the second quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions.
    Steve Demetriou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We
believe the acquisition of EKCO Products will be an excellent strategic fit
with Aleris's existing rolled products operations and will provide outstanding
opportunities to access new customers and end-uses for our products."
    John Wasz, Executive Vice President and President Aleris Rolled Products
- North America, added, "We  look forward to adding the EKCO Products
management team, who have extensive knowledge of the light gauge aluminum
segment as well as their  dedicated workforce who have a proven ability to
deliver high quality products to demanding customers."

    Aleris International, Inc. is a global leader in aluminum rolled products
and extrusions, aluminum recycling and specification alloy production.  The
Company is also a recycler of zinc and a leading U.S. manufacturer of zinc
metal and value-added zinc products that include zinc oxide and zinc dust.
Headquartered in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, the Company operates
49 production facilities in North America, Europe, South America and Asia, and
employs approximately 8,500 employees.  For more information about Aleris,
please visit our Web site at www.aleris.com.

    
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               SAFE HARBOR REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
    

    Forward-looking statements made in this news release are made pursuant to
the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995.  These include statements that contain words such as "believe,"
"expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "should" and similar expressions
intended to connote future events and circumstances, and include statements
regarding future actual and adjusted earnings and earnings per share; future
improvements in margins, processing volumes and pricing; overall 2007
operating performance; anticipated higher adjusted effective tax rates;
expected cost savings; success in integrating Aleris's recent acquisitions,
including the acquisition of the downstream aluminum businesses of Corus Group
plc; its future growth; an anticipated favorable economic environment in 2007;
future benefits from acquisitions and new products; expected benefits from
changes in the industry landscape and anticipated synergies resulting from the
merger with Commonwealth, the acquisition of the downstream aluminum
businesses of Corus Group plc and other acquisitions.  Investors are cautioned
that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and that
actual results could differ materially from those described in the forward-
looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties would include, without
limitation, Aleris's levels of indebtedness and debt service obligations; its
ability to effectively integrate the business and operations of its
acquisitions; further slowdowns in automotive production in the U.S. and
Europe; the financial condition of Aleris's customers and future bankruptcies
and defaults by major customers; the availability at favorable cost of
aluminum scrap and other metal supplies that Aleris processes; the ability of
Aleris to enter into effective metals, natural gas and other commodity
derivatives; continued increases in natural gas and other fuel costs of
Aleris; a weakening in industrial demand resulting from a decline in U.S. or
world economic conditions, including any decline caused by terrorist
activities or other unanticipated events; future utilized capacity of Aleris's
various facilities; a continuation of building and construction customers and
distribution customers reducing their inventory levels and reducing the volume
of Aleris's shipments; restrictions on and future levels and timing of capital
expenditures; retention of Aleris's major customers; the timing and amounts of
collections; currency exchange fluctuations; future write-downs or impairment
charges which may be required because of the occurrence of some of the
uncertainties listed above; and other risks listed in Aleris's filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including but not limited
to Aleris's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31,
2006, particularly the section entitled "Risk Factors" contained therein.
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For further information:

For further information: Michael D. Friday of Aleris International,
Inc.,  +1-216-910-3503 Web Site: http://aleris.com

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