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ACX TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES GOLDEN ALUMINUM'S FORT LUPTON MILL RECEIVES ISO CERTIFICATION

 SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- ACX Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: ACXT) during a tour of Golden Aluminum Company's newly qualified aluminum mini-mill outside San Antonio -- today told securities analysts that its mini-mill in Fort Lupton, Colo., has been certified by A.G.A. registrars for meeting the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9002 standard for establishing and adhering to strict quality standards in its manufacturing process. The Fort Lupton Mill produces aluminum sheet for beverage and food can lids and tabs and is one of the first rigid container sheet plants in the world to receive this certification.
 In a separate development, management also announced that the company's San Antonio aluminum mini-mill -- which uses as much as 95 percent recycled aluminum in a patented process to manufacture aluminum sheet for beverage can bodies -- received approval from the Texas Air Control Board to increase its permitted annual capacity to 205 million pounds of rolled stock. This represents a 58 percent increase in production capacity from the originally permitted annual capacity of 130 million pounds. Capital expenditures of approximately $8 million will be required to bring the mill to the new capacity level and increase Golden Aluminum's total capital investment in the San Antonio Mill to approximately $170 million.
 "Fort Lupton's ISO certification and the approval to increase the San Antonio Mill's production capacity to 205 million pounds is an exciting development for Golden Aluminum Company," stated Joe Coors Jr., office of the president of ACX Technologies. "It represents a significant boost in the production capabilities and operating efficiencies that can be attained at this mill especially in light of the modest capital expenditures required and our ability to keep employment levels relatively constant," Coors added.
 As was the case with the Fort Lupton Mill, it is estimated that it will take several years for the San Antonio Mill to achieve its new production capacity of 205 million pounds. In responding to questions from analysts, management stated that the operating break-even level for the San Antonio mill is between 65 and 80 million pounds under current market conditions.
 ACX Technologies hosted a day-long meeting for analysts to discuss the company's long-term prospects and growth objectives and to spotlight Golden Aluminum's mini-mill operation. In quantifying company objectives, the three executives who comprise the Office of the President indicated that ACX Technologies looks to maintain an investment-grade debt rating while achieving a 20 percent annual operating income return on assets employed by its three principal businesses in packaging, ceramics and aluminum. Similarly, the company looks to increase earnings per share at a double digit rate over the long term.
 ACX Technologies, Inc. applies innovative technology to manufacture value-added industrial products. Its core businesses produce high performance consumer and industrial packaging, advanced technical ceramic products and aluminum rigid container sheet. These businesses have developed a prestigious customer base through adherence to quality manufacturing principles and a partnership approach. ACX Technologies is poised to capitalize on over $400 million of recent capital investments which have extended the capabilities of its core businesses. ACX Technologies is traded on the NASDAQ National Marketing System under the symbol ACXT.
 For additional information on ACX Technologies, Inc. by fax, no cost, dial 1-800-PRO-INFO, code no. 203.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Breen, manager investors relations, 303-271-7001, or Gail Constancio, manager investors relations, 303-271-7001, both of ACX Technologies, Inc., Gary Strong or Nick Farina of Financial Relations Board, 312-266-7800, for ACX Technologies, Inc./
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