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VULCAN CHEMICALS EARNS ISO REGISTRATION

 PORT EDWARDS, Wis., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The quality process used to manufacture potassium hydroxide at Vulcan Chemicals' Port Edwards, Wis., chemical manufacturing facility has received ISO 9002 registration -- an international standard for quality assurance.
 "The ISO registration is a formal recognition of something our plant and employees are committed to, the consistent delivery of quality products to our customers," said Jim Boyd, manager of the Port Edwards plant. "The certification demonstrates Vulcans' dedication to quality."
 Vulcan has manufactured potassium hydroxide at Port Edwards since 1986. Potassium hydroxide is an important element in the manufacture of alkaline batteries, certain types of fertilizer, plant nutrients and potassium carbonate.
 The ISO 9000 international quality assurance standards are recognized by business and industry in the United States, the European Community and many other nations. Achieving ISO registration means that the processes, quality controls, and analytical procedures involved in manufacturing products meet the strict standards established under the ISO certification system. Many companies prefer doing business with suppliers registered under the ISO 9000 standards, which are fast becoming an industry requirement. ISO 9002 -- the standard to which Vulcan is registered -- most closely applies to chemical manufacturing.
 In order to be ISO-registered, each manufacturing process must be audited by an independent auditor. Vulcan's ISO registration was completed by Quality Management Institute (QMI), a division of Canadian Standards Association, an internationally recognized quality assurance registrar.
 Earlier this year, Vulcan received ISO certification for six product processes at two other facilities. The certifications were for quality assurance systems used to manufacture methyl chloride, ethylene dichloride and 111-trichlorethane at Geismar, La., and methyl chloride, methylene chloride and chloroform at Wichita, Kan.
 The ISO system was established by the International Organization for Standardization and is used to provide a framework for quality assurance. The system involves a standardized protocol for documenting the quality systems employed in manufacturing products or providing services. The ISO registration covers the quality system employed in manufacturing the product, as opposed to the actual product.
 Vulcan Chemicals, a division of Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC), manufactures basic industrial chemicals, including chlorine, caustic soda and a diversified line of chlorinated organic chemicals. Vulcan employs 67 people at its Port Edwards plant. In addition to potassium hydroxide, the plant manufactures caustic soda, chlorine and hydrochloric acid.
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 /CONTACT: David Donaldson of Vulcan Chemicals, 205-877-3022/
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