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Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA)’s Kawneer and Traco building construction products have proved their worth in reconstruction of a school in the tornado-hit town of Henryville, Indiana.

On March 2, a Category F4 tornado hit the Henryville schools directly, as a line of tornadoes devastated parts of the Midwestern and Southern United States.

The schools have been rebuilt in time for the coming school year – that’s just five months.

That was due in part, to the use of Kawneer and Traco branded entrances and windows from Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA), which were delivered within a very short time frame by the company, as per a press release from the company.

This was in line with the school’s experience with the use of these products in the building flattened by the tornado. Apparently the Alcoa products held up very well against the tornado, and only one window was lost, demonstrating the strength and durability of the units. Kawneer and Traco products found extensive use in the new buildings – both as exterior entrances and as interior doorways. According to Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA), “Kawneer’s 350 Medium Stile Entrance provides extra strength for applications with high use, such as schools, and can be easily integrated into its Trifab(R) 451 VG framing system.” Similarly, “Traco’s TR-3500 and TR-3800 windows offer clean aesthetics, durability and integrated thermal performance.”

The reconstruction of the school was carried out under the supervision of BELFOR general contractors, who set up the reconstruction schedule, so as to meet the school’s avowed deadline.

Though the tight schedule entailed longer working hours and a larger number of workmen, the school reconstruction was completed as planned, and met with an “overwhelmingly positive” response from the faculty, students, and parents. In view of the design being similar to the earlier construction, the students felt at ease in the new buildings.

Building systems are among flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, wheels, fastening systems, and castings offered by Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA), who has been a member of the Down Jones Sustainability Index for ten years running.

For its second quarter, Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) reported an EPS of $0.06 against expectations of $0.05 a share. Its revenues were $5.96 billion against analyst forecast of $5.81 billion.