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For Immediate Release

May 4, 2004


Washington, D.C. - The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) announced today that Daniel R. DiMicco is the 2004 recipient of the Gary Memorial Medal. DiMicco, former AISI chairman and Vice Chairman, president and CEO of Nucor Corporation, Charlotte, N.C., was honored at the AISI General Meeting in San Francisco, Cal. held May 2-4, 2004.

In presenting the award to DiMicco, AISI Chairman and President and CEO of IPSCO, Inc., David Sutherland praised DiMicco for his leadership within the North American steel industry during a particularly challenging yet transforming period of change. "It has been my pleasure and my honor to work with Dan through the work of the Institute," Sutherland said. "All of us are gratified to Dan for his leadership and his dedication to the industry."

AISI President and CEO Andrew G. Sharkey commented that, "Dan DiMicco 's industry and association leadership provided strength and continuity during a period when the industry was transforming itself to become a world leader in advanced technologies, productivity and efficiency. He continues to champion the industry and the future of manufacturing in North America, to the betterment of steel producers, suppliers to our industry and our broad customer base."

The medal's inscription reads: "In recognition of the outstanding leadership, energy and personal commitment he has brought to the cause of fair trade for North American steel producers and their customers; his commitment to a unified steel industry response to the critical public policy issues of our time; and his commitment to innovative technology and employee relations."

Established in 1927, the Gary Medal is named for Judge Elbert H. Gary, the first president of AISI and recognizes an individual for his or her remarkable lifelong contributions to the North American steel industry.

Dan DiMicco joined Nucor Corporation in 1982 as plant metallurgist and manager of quality control for Nucor Steel in Plymouth, Utah and in 1988, he became melting and casting manager at the Utah division. In 1991, Mr. DiMicco became general manager of the Nucor-Yamato joint venture in Blytheville, Arkansas and became vice president in 1992. He became executive vice president in 1999.

Prior to joining Nucor Corporation, Mr. DiMicco was with Republic Steel Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio as research metallurgist and project leader. Mr. DiMicco was with Republic Steel from 1975 until he joined Nucor in 1982.

Mr. DiMicco graduated from Brown University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Science. He graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 31 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 118 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI's member companies represent approximately 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI's website at www.steel.org.



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