Chaparral Steel Company and Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation Announce Approval from the Federal Cartel Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

    MIDLOTHIAN, TX, and TAMPA, FL, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Chaparral Steel Company
(NASDAQ:   CHAP) and Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation (NYSE:   GNA, TSX: GNA) today
announced that they have received a letter dated September 3, 2007 from the
Federal Cartel Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, clearing the
transaction. The consummation of the merger remains subject to customary
conditions, including adoption of the Agreement and Plan of Merger by
Chaparral's stockholders.

    About Chaparral

    Chaparral Steel Company, headquartered in Midlothian, Texas, is the
second largest producer of structural steel beams in North America. Chaparral
is also a supplier of steel bar products. In addition, Chaparral is a leading
North American recycling company. Additional information may be found on
Chaparral's web site at

    About Gerdau Ameristeel

    Gerdau Ameristeel is the second largest mini-mill steel producer in North
America with annual manufacturing capacity of over 9.0 million tons of mill
finished steel products. Through its vertically integrated network of 17
mini-mills (including one 50% owned joint venture mini-mill), 17 scrap
recycling facilities and 52 downstream operations, Gerdau Ameristeel serves
customers throughout North America. The company's products are generally sold
to steel service centers, steel fabricators, or directly to original equipment
manufactures for use in a variety of industries, including construction,
cellular and electrical transmission, automotive, mining and equipment
manufacturing. The common shares of Gerdau Ameristeel are traded on the New
York Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol GNA.

    Additional Information and Where to Find It

    In connection with the proposed transaction with Gerdau Ameristeel
Corporation, Chaparral filed a definitive proxy statement with the Securities
and Exchange Commission on Schedule 14A on August 10, 2007. INVESTORS AND
CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders may obtain a
free copy of the proxy statement and other documents filed by the Company at
the Securities and Exchange Commission's Web site at The
proxy statement and such other documents may also be obtained free of charge
by directing such request to Chaparral Investor Relations, telephone
(972) 779-1032 or on Chaparral's web site at

    Participants in the Solicitation

    Chaparral and its directors, executive officers and certain other members
of its management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the
solicitation of proxies from its stockholders in connection with the proposed
transaction. Information regarding the interests of such directors and
executive officers and information concerning all of Chaparral's participants
in the solicitation are included in the proxy statement. The proxy statement
is available free of charge at the Securities and Exchange Commission's Web
Site at and from Chaparral Investor Relations, telephone
(972) 779-1032 or on Chaparral's web site at

    Certain statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. Such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other
factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future
results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition
to those noted in the statements themselves, any number of factors could
affect actual results, including, without limitation, the highly competitive
nature of the global steel industry and the availability of competitive
substitute materials; the cyclical nature of the steel industry and the
industries served by Chaparral and Gerdau Ameristeel and economic conditions
in North America and worldwide steel imports and trade regulations; the
substantial capital investment and maintenance expenditures required in both
Chaparral's and Gerdau Ameristeel's respective businesses; unexpected
equipment failures, transportation disruptions or production curtailments or
shutdowns; increases in the cost of steel scrap, energy and other raw
materials; the ability to renegotiate collective bargaining agreements and
avoid labor disruptions; the cost of compliance with environmental laws and
regulations; costs relative to competitors who have sought bankruptcy
protection; the ability to fund pension plans; the deviation of actual results
from estimates made in the preparation of Chaparral's and Gerdau Ameristeel's
respective financial statements; the loss of key employees; the effects of the
consolidation of operations or of the steel industry, and the ability to
integrate newly-acquired businesses and achieve synergies.
    Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on current
information as of the date of this press release and neither Chaparral nor
Gerdau Ameristeel undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking
statements to reflect new information or future developments or events, except
as required by law.

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For further information:

For further information: Chaparral: Cary D. Baetz at (972) 779-1032;
Gerdau Ameristeel: Barbara R. Smith at (813) 319-4324

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