Friday, January 24, 1997

Huntsville, AL--Following a registration audit by SGS registrars, National Copper& Smelting Co. of Huntsville Alabama has been awarded ISO-9002 certification. Thisrepresents a quality system that meets the requirements of the International QualityManagement Standards, ISO-9000 series. According to Julian Hudson, President ofNational Copper, "This is a significant milestone in the history of our company. ISO-9002certification will indicate to our customers that we are on the leading edge with ourquality system, while providing us with internal benefits as well. We are proud ofthe effort of all of National Copper's employees. They have worked extremely hardover the past two years to achieve this goal. This achievement places us amongthe leaders in our industry.

National Copper is a leading manufacturer of copper tubular products for therefrigeration, air conditioning, electrical, and other industries. It is a subsidiary ofNational Tube Holding Company of Birmingham, Alabama, which also operatesNational Copper Products, an integrated copper tube mill in Dowagiac, Michigan, and American Tubing, Inc., a fabricator of copper tubular parts in Springdale, Arkansas.