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January 24, 2005

MSCI Launches Updated, Efficient Web Site

January 24, 2005

MSCI Launches Updated, Efficient Web Site

MSCI

ROLLING MEADOWS, Illinois, January 21, 2005 – The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) has launched a new web site that features a cleaner look, more efficient navigation, and substantial back-end efficiencies to improve the trade association’s productivity. The new site can be seen on the Internet athttp://www.msci.org.

 “Our new web site is far easier to use than our old one, with a cleaner design that is appropriate to today’s MSCI and a more logical arrangement of the information we offer our members and site visitors,” said Bob Weidner, MSCI’s president and chief executive officer. “It will be easier for members to register for conferences, training, and events. A key feature is the enhanced back-end functionality that substantially reduces the staff workload when it comes to the full range of transactions that our members routinely perform with us. Overall, the new site will contribute to improved service levels in 2005.”

New features of the site include:

·         A completely revised home page with immediate navigation to information about MSCI, conferences and meetings, education and training, government affairs, industry data, institute             news and publications, and the Forward magazine web site

·         A new, clean look throughout the site

·         Immediate links to pages on upcoming conferences and events and to the most recent MSCI news

·         On-line registration and payment for upcoming MSCI events, training opportunities, and products

·         The search function has been substantially enhanced

“The technology employed to support this site is substantially enhanced from the technology used in our old site,” said Chris Marti, MSCI vice president, research and technology. “The look is modern, the pages are cleaner and easier to read, and the information is organized clearly. This web site will be a far more effective tool for our members to use, and a great time-saver for our staff.”

In one important change, all individuals who are currently carried in the institute’s database will be issued, as of today, an individual user name and password to log on to the new site. Once there, they can change their user names and passwords to fit their individual preferences. Company log-on information used on the old MSCI web site will still work, but members are encouraged to use their new individual site registration.

“Among other things, individual registration means that we will eventually be able to customize web pages for our member committees, product divisions, chapters and other MSCI entities with members who want to post information for their particular group,” Marti said.

Please address questions or problems with the new site to MSCI Member Services at (847) 485-3000 or e-mail Member Services at info@msci.org.

Founded in 1907, the Metals Service Center Institute has more than 350 members operating from about 1,200 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere around the world. Together, MSCI members constitute the largest single group of metals purchasers in North America, amounting each year to more than 75 million tons of steel, aluminum, and other metals, with about 300,000 manufacturers and fabricators as customers. Metals service centers inventory and distribute metals, and provide first-stage fabrication services.

Contacts:

Steve Weiner, Readmore Communications, 847-485-3011 or 847-533-9143

sweiner@msci.org

Chris Marti, MSCI vp, research & technology, 847-485-3009 or cmarti@msci.org

About MSCI

Founded in 1907, the Metals Service Center Institute has more than 350 members operating from about 1,200 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere around the world. Together, MSCI members constitute the largest single group of metals purchasers in North America, amounting each year to more than 75 million tons of steel, aluminum, and other metals, with about 300,000 manufacturers and fabricators as customers. Metals service centers inventory and distribute metals, and provide first-stage fabrication services.