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FIRST INCO GROUP TO MINING SCHOOL ON MARCH 1

 SUDBURY, Ont., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sixteen Inco Limited (NYSE: N) office workers, including five women, have volunteered to be in the first group going to Inco's mining school on March 1.
 They are among 86 staff employees at Inco's Sudbury operations whose jobs are being phased out in staff restructuring announced last Dec. 11.
 Jose Blanco, Vice-President of Human Resources and Administration, said that the remaining staff employees involved in the restructuring have received an information package from the company. They are being asked to complete personal choice cards listing preferred job transfer options by specific processing plant or mine. They are expected to move to the hourly workforce when all transfer requests from current hourly- rated employees are dealt with and openings in surface operations are identified.
 "Layoffs and terminations are a common fact of life in North America today. In the Sudbury operations, where we have not had layoffs for many years, we have been able to match our need for more workers in key areas with new career opportunities and full retraining," Mr. Blanco said. "Inco will make every reasonable effort to find other employment for our people and provide retraining where feasible before laying off anyone."
 To assist employees in making the transition from staff to hourly work, Inco is running familiarization tours of its operations, offering company-paid work conditioning programs, and starting this week is providing other counselling services through its Occupational Medicine department.
 Furthermore, for employees foregoing a transfer in favor of a severance package, the company has established a career center. A leading Northern Ontario human resources management firm will provide outplacement and relocation assistance to help people find new employment.
 These programs are the outcome of continuing talks between the company and Local 6600 of the United Steelworkers of America.
 Inco has 6,800 employees at its Sudbury operations which include 11 mines, two refineries, a mill and a smelter.
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 /CONTACT: Jose Blanco, 705-682-5223, or Jerry Rogers, 705-682-5204, both for Inco/
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