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Thomas W. Ehardt Appointed CEO of Advogent Group

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PISCATAWAY, NJ (January 30, 2008) – Thomas W. Ehardt, a senior executive with more than 25 years experience leading healthcare marketing and education businesses, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Advogent Group.Advogent, a Platinum Equity company, provides communications and educational solutions to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, including publication planning, healthcare communications, event management logistics, compliant data systems and strategic outsource solutions.“Tom is an experienced professional with a strong track record for acquiring, integrating and operating medical information and publishing companies,” said Rob Archambault, the partner at Platinum Equity who oversees the Advogent investment. “His leadership will help Advogent expand its capabilities and service performance in the market.”Mr. Ehardt said he is committed to building Advogent into the leading communications solutions provider to the healthcare industry.“Under Platinum Equity, Advogent has developed a strong suite of communications products and services for the healthcare industry, including publication planning, strategic content development, innovative message delivery solutions and compliant promotional program management,” Mr. Ehardt said.“The company will continue to invest in its event planning technology and innovative message delivery solutions to provide compliant and cost-effective communications alternatives for the pharmaceutical and biotech industry,” he said. “I’m very excited to lead the company in its next stage of growth and development.”Since 2005, Mr. Ehardt has been chief executive officer of The Jobson Publishing Group, which produces information products, publications and educational programs for communicating the latest clinical findings and clinical technology developments to healthcare professionals. Between 2001 and 2005, he was senior vice president and chief operating officer of Jobson Publishing LLC.Previously, he served in a variety of leadership roles for The Thomson Corporation, including vice president of finance for Thomson’s Scientific, Reference and Healthcare Group; and vice president and chief financial officer for Thomson’s Medical Economic Company.Prior to that, he held executive leadership positions with Hercules Corporation, Transway Corporation and Penn Central Corporation. Mr. Ehardt has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Long Island University.About Platinum EquityPlatinum Equity (www.platinumequity.com) is a global M&A&O® firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, metals services, manufacturing and distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity has acquired more than 75 businesses with more than $23 billion in aggregate annual revenue at the time of acquisition.

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Ryerson Download Factsheet Public to Private Transaction Active North America Industrials Metals and Mining Leading industrial processor and distributor of metals with global operations in North America, China and Brazil Company Overview Ryerson is a leading value-added processor and distributor of industrial metals, with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China. Founded in 1842 and celebrating its historic 180th anniversary in 2022, Ryerson has approximately 100 locations. Transaction Description Acquired in October 2007 Years in Business 180 227 W. Monroe Street, Suite 27, Chicago, IL 60606 United States www.ryerson.com Leading industrial processor and distributor of metals with global operations in North America, China and Brazil Company Overview Ryerson is a leading value-added processor and distributor of industrial metals, with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China. Founded in 1842 and celebrating its historic 180th anniversary in 2022, Ryerson has approximately 100 locations. Years in Business 180 Transaction Description Acquired in October 2007 227 W. Monroe Street, Suite 27, Chicago, IL 60606 United States www.ryerson.com Photo Gallery Previous Next × × × × × × Latest Article How commitment and resources drive Platinum Equity’s European momentum July 18, 2022 Platinum executives explain how they execute European strategy that has driven nearly $6 billion in total transactions since June 2020The ability to execute European-headquartered global, pan-European, and domestic complex de... Read More Latest Article Platinum Equity to Acquire Majority Interest in Global Intimate Apparel Company Hop Lun June 20, 2022 Investment in Hong Kong-based lingerie and swimwear company led by Platinum’s Singapore investment team LOS ANGELES and SINGAPORE, June 20, 2022 — Platinum Equity announced today the signing of a definitive agreement t... Read More Latest Article Solenis’ ‘commitment to people, resilient culture’ receives WSJ recognition June 15, 2022 When Platinum Equity announced the $5.25 billion acquisition of Solenis, the firm was highly complementary of the water treatment chemistry company’s leadership. “It is an exceptionally well-run organization with an ou... Read More previous Next Our Portfolio Explore the full Platinum Equity portfolio of companies by transaction type, industry, location or ownership status. BROWSE NOW

Platinum Equity Completes Acquisition of Ryerson Inc.

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Takes Company Private in Transaction Valued at Approximately $2 BillionLOS ANGELES (October 19, 2007) – Platinum Equity announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Ryerson Inc., one of the largest metal service centers in North America with annual revenue of approximately $6 billion.The acquisition was a public-to-private transaction in which Platinum acquired all outstanding shares of Ryerson stock for $34.50 per share. The company previously traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RYI.“Ryerson has a great history and also great potential,” said Tom Gores, chairman and chief executive officer of Platinum Equity. “Over the last several months our operations team has been working with Ryerson personnel on a renewal plan to help the company build value. We are very excited about its future."Founded in 1842, Ryerson provides its 40,000 customers with a diverse array of products including carbon, stainless and aluminum. It has facilities in the U.S. and Canada and joint ventures in China, India and Mexico. The company, formerly known as Ryerson Tull Inc., generated $5.9 billion of revenue in 2006, shipping more than 3.5 million tons of product throughout North America.Ryerson shareholders approved the acquisition on Wednesday. Platinum executives said they would launch an immediate transition focused on operational improvements that will improve customer service and the overall performance of the business.Platinum also owns PNA Group, another metals service center group in the North American metal services market with more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue. “We have a good understanding of the metals service center sector, and are very confident that Ryerson will continue to thrive and grow as a leader in this space,” said Jacob Kotzubei, the partner who led the deal team. “We are looking forward to working together with the team at Ryerson, as well as its customers and vendors, to create additional value through Platinum’s unique operations-focused approach,” Mr. Kotzubei said.About Platinum EquityPlatinum Equity (www.platinumequity.com) is a global M&A&O® firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, manufacturing, and entertainment distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity has completed more than 75 acquisitions with more than $23 billion in aggregate annual revenue at the time of acquisition.Contact:Mark Barnhill, Platinum Equity(310) 228-9514mbarnhill@platinumequity.com

Platinum Equity Completes Sale of CompuCom Systems to Affiliate of Court Square Capital Partners

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Platinum Equity Completes Sale of CompuCom Systems to Affiliate of Court Square Capital Partners Company Became a Leading IT Solutions Provider Following Acquisition by Platinum and Follow-On Addition of GE IT Solutions Unit BEVERLY HILLS, California (October 3, 2007) – Platinum Equity announced today that it has completed the sale of portfolio company CompuCom Systems to an affiliate of Court Square Capital Partners in a transaction valued at approximately $628 million. CompuCom is a leading provider of a broad range of information technology solutions that help clients through the requisition, procurement, deployment, management and retirement lifecycle of their Information Technology assets. “CompuCom was an outstanding investment for Platinum. Our ability to induce growth, especially in the service sector, helped unlock value in the business,” said Tom Gores, Chairman and CEO of Platinum Equity. “Our subsequent acquisition and integration of General Electric’s IT Solutions business contributed greatly to CompuCom’s overall success, which we expect to continue under Court Square.” Platinum acquired CompuCom in a public-to-private transaction on October 1, 2004. Two months later, the business was expanded via the follow-on acquisition of General Electric’s IT Solutions business. The companies were integrated under the CompuCom name with a unified management team led by CEO James W. Dixon, who Platinum brought back to run the business. Mr. Dixon previously led CompuCom from 1988 to 1996, presiding over the company’s growth from regional product reseller to national services integration provider. In the three years since Platinum acquired and integrated GE ITS, the company has become one of North America’s leading providers of IT services and solutions. “This was a milestone deal for Platinum in many respects,” said Jacob Kotzubei, the partner who led the investment from inception through divestiture. “It was our first public-to-private acquisition, and one of the largest take-private transactions of 2004. “We succeeded by executing a disciplined, task-oriented plan – and relying on talented associates and managers from both CompuCom and GE ITS who came together to form a stronger, better company. We are really proud to have worked alongside Jim Dixon and his team in building the company into what it is today,” he said. Bingham McCutchen acted as legal adviser to CompuCom and Platinum Equity. Bear Stearns & Co. acted as financial adviser and Dechert LLP acted as legal adviser to Court Square Capital Partners. About Platinum Equity Platinum Equity (www.platinumequity.com) is a global M&A&O® firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, manufacturing, and entertainment distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity has completed more than 70 acquisitions with more than $17 billion in aggregate annual revenue at the time of acquisition.

Ryerson to be Acquired by Platinum Equity for $34.50 Per Share in Cash

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Chicago, IL, July 24, 2007 –Ryerson Inc. (NYSE: RYI) today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Platinum Equity, a leading private equity firm, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, an affiliate of Platinum Equity will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Ryerson common and convertible preferred stock for $34.50 per share in cash. The cash purchase price per share of $34.50 represents a 15% premium over Ryerson’s closing share price of $30.01 on February 13, 2007, the day prior to the announcement of the Board’s review of strategic alternatives and a 45% premium over Ryerson’s closing share price of $23.77 on December 13, 2006, the day that Harbinger Capital made a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicating it was considering taking a number of actions regarding its investment in Ryerson. Ryerson’s board of directors has unanimously approved the merger agreement and recommends approval of the transaction by Ryerson’s stockholders. The merger agreement permits Ryerson, with the assistance of its advisors, to solicit superior proposals from other parties through August 18, 2007. There can be no assurances that the solicitation of proposals will result in an alternative transaction. Neil Novich, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ryerson, said: “This transaction is a strong validation of the company’s accomplishments over the years as well as our future growth prospects. Additionally, Platinum Equity brings the operating expertise and capital that will allow Ryerson to build upon our successes, execute the strategic plan and grow the business. “ Tom Gores, Founder and Chairman of Platinum Equity, said: “Ryerson has a great history and also great potential. It’s a good fit for Platinum, which brings an operational focus that will help the company build value in the future.” Jacob Kotzubei, the Platinum Equity executive leading the transaction, said he expected the public-to-private transition to be seamless. “Platinum Equity is extremely excited about what the executive management team and dedicated employees have created at Ryerson. We are looking forward to working together with the entire team at Ryerson, as well as its customers and vendors, to create additional value through Platinum’s unique operations-focused approach,” Mr. Kotzubei said. Ryerson announced on February 14, 2007, that the board of directors had retained UBS Investment Bank as its financial advisor to assist in comparing the company's current strategic plan with other alternatives that may create additional value, including a sale of the company. Over 50 potential acquirers were identified and contacted, including foreign and domestic mills and service centers, as well as financial buyers. All interested parties were invited to perform due diligence and were provided extensive access to company management, financial data and facilities before submitting proposals. Following a thorough review and analysis of internal options and external proposals, the board determined that accepting the Platinum proposal was in the best interests of stockholders. The transaction is subject to the approval of Ryerson’s stockholders and customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2007. The transaction is not subject to any financing condition. Stockholders will be asked to vote on the proposed transaction at a special meeting that will be held on a date to be announced. UBS Investment Bank served as Ryerson's financial advisor and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal counsel to Ryerson. Important Information In connection with the proposed merger, Ryerson plans to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a preliminary proxy statement and a definitive proxy statement. The definitive proxy statement in connection with the proposed merger will be mailed to the stockholders of Ryerson. Stockholders of Ryerson are urged to read the proxy statement relating to the merger and other relevant materials when they become available because they will contain important information about the merger and Ryerson. Ryerson has filed with the SEC a preliminary proxy statement and will file and mail to its stockholders a definitive proxy statement in connection with its 2007 annual meeting of stockholders. Stockholders of Ryerson are urged to read the definitive proxy statement relating to the 2007 annual meeting when it becomes available because it will contain important information. Security holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statements and any other relevant documents (when available) that Ryerson files with the SEC at the SEC’s web site at http://www.sec.gov. The definitive proxy statements and these other documents may be accessed at www.ryerson.com or obtained free from Ryerson by directing a request to Ryerson Inc., ATTN: Investor Relations, 2621 West 15th Place, Chicago, IL 60608. Certain Information Regarding Participants Ryerson, its directors and named executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of the Company’s security holders in connection with the proposed merger and its 2007 annual meeting. Security holders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of such individuals in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 (the “2006 Form 10-K”) and in the Company’s Amendment No. 1 to its 2006 Form 10-K, each of which is filed with the SEC. To the extent holdings of the Company’s equity securities have changed since the amounts reflected in the Company’s Amendment No. 1 to its 2006 Form 10-K, such changes have been reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Ryerson Inc. Ryerson Inc. is a leading distributor and processor of metals in North America, with 2006 revenues of $5.9 billion. The Company services customers through a network of service centers across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, India, and China. On January 1, 2006, the Company changed its name from Ryerson Tull, Inc. to Ryerson Inc. and adopted the ticker symbol “RYI” for its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange. (www.ryerson.com) Platinum Equity Platinum Equity is a global M&A&O® firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, industrials, logistics, manufacturing, and entertainment distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity has completed more than 70 acquisitions with more than $16 billion in aggregate annual revenue at the time of acquisition. (www.platinumequity.com). For further information contact: Investors Ryerson: Terence R. Rogers, VP Finance and Treasurer, Tel: +1-773-788-3720 MacKenzie Partners: Dan Burch or Laurie Connell, Tel: + 1-212-929-5500 Media Brunswick: Stan Neve/Cindy Leggett-Flynn, Tel: + 1-212-333-3810

Court Square Capital Partners Agrees to Acquire CompuCom Systems

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Transaction Valued at Approximately $628 Million DALLAS, Texas, July 9, 2007 – CompuCom Systems, Inc. (“CompuCom”) announced today that CHR Holding Corporation, an affiliate of Platinum Equity and parent company of CompuCom Systems, Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which IIM Acquisition Corp., an affiliate of Court Square Capital Partners (“Court Square”), would acquire CompuCom. The transaction is valued at approximately $628 million and is expected to close in the second half of 2007, subject to regulatory approvals as well as satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. The agreement has already been approved by a majority of CHR Holding Corporation’s shareholders. Mr. James Dixon, CEO of CompuCom stated, “We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Court Square Capital Partners, a firm with an outstanding reputation and proven track record of success. We are proud to have been associated with Platinum Equity and of our work growing our business and delivering results for our customers. We believe this transaction represents a further opportunity to build our business and expand our customer offerings in partnership with Court Square.” The transaction will be financed through a combination of equity contributed by investment funds managed by Court Square and certain members of management, and debt financing provided by Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. In connection with the consummation of the merger, CompuCom intends to make a tender offer to purchase for cash any and all of its outstanding 12% Senior Notes due 2014, and CHR Intermediate Holding Corporation, another subsidiary of CHR Holding Corporation, intends to make a tender offer to purchase for cash any and all of its outstanding Senior Floating Rate Toggle Notes due 2013. Any such offer will be made only upon an official announcement, and the terms and conditions of the offer will be set forth in an offer to purchase and consent solicitation statement that will be made available to holders of such Notes upon launch of the offers. This press release does not constitute an offer to purchase any securities. Certain statements in this paragraph may contain forward-looking statements concerning the transaction described herein. These statements are based on current expectations and there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. CompuCom was acquired by Platinum Equity in October 2004, and expanded with the add-on acquisition and integration of GE IT Solutions in November 2004. The company provides a broad range of information technology solutions that help clients through the requisition, procurement, deployment, management and retirement lifecycle of their IT assets. Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. acted as financial advisor and Dechert LLP is acting as legal advisor to Court Square. Bingham McCutchen is acting as legal advisor to CompuCom and Platinum Equity. About CompuCom Systems, Inc. CompuCom is a leading IT outsourcing company providing infrastructure management services, application services, systems integration and consulting services, as well as the procurement and management of hardware and software. With 20 years of IT experience, CompuCom employs more than 7,400 highly skilled associates who have earned a combined total of more than 42,000 industry certifications company-wide. As experts in workplace services, CompuCom’s unique Integrated Infrastructure Management (IIM) solution reduces costs, increases productivity and helps clients gain maximum value from information. CompuCom is a Platinum Equity company and was founded in 1987. For more information, visit www.CompuCom.com. About Court Square Court Square Capital Partners is a thirty year old private equity firm focused primarily on leveraged buyout transactions in the middle market. Led by Managing Partners David Thomas, Michael Delaney and Joseph Silvestri, the investment team is one of the most experienced in the industry having worked together as a team for over 20 years. Court Square has successfully invested about $4.0 billion in over 120 transactions since 1990 and currently has over $5.7 billion under management. About Platinum Equity Platinum Equity (www.platinumequity.com) is a global M&A&O® firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, manufacturing, and entertainment distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity has completed more than 70 acquisitions with more than $16 billion in aggregate annual revenue at the time of acquisition. Contacts: Stephanie Leonard CompuCom Systems, Inc. 972-856-3213 John Kim Court Square Capital Partners 212-559-7615 Mark Barnhill Platinum Equity (310) 712-1850

Platinum Equity Completes Weyerhaeuser Acquisition and Relaunches Business as Broadleaf Logistics Co

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Platinum Equity Completes Weyerhaeuser Acquisition and Relaunches Business as Broadleaf Logistics CoLOS ANGELES (June 5, 2007) – Platinum Equity announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Weyerhaeuser Company’s wholesale products distribution centers in Canada and established the distribution business as a standalone company named Broadleaf Logistics Company.In conjunction with the acquisition, Platinum Equity announced that Paul Perkins has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Broadleaf Logistics. Mr. Perkins previously served as vice president, policy and planning for Weyerhaeuser Canadian operations.“While the company name has changed, our fundamental commitment to superior service remains the same,” Mr. Perkins said. “We will continue to provide all of the products, services, and solutions that our customers rely on. Our goal is to be the most trusted seller and supplier of building materials across Canada.”Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Broadleaf is Platinum’s first Canada-based business. Jacob Kotzubei, the Platinum Equity executive who led the acquisition, said the strategic plan for Broadleaf would focus not only on sustaining current operations, but also identifying potential opportunities for growth.“This is an established distribution business with strong fundamentals and a capable and talented staff of employees, and that is a terrific base to build on,” Mr. Kotzubei said. “We are very committed to the Canadian market and to building this business for the long term. We’re enthusiastic about the opportunities inside Canada for expansion of our portfolio and to create additional value. ”The transaction included all of Weyerhaeuser’s distribution centers in Canada, including facilities in Brampton, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Edmonton, Alberta; Kelowna, British Columbia; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; Quebec City, Quebec; Regina, Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Sudbury, Ontario; Timmins, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; St. John’s, Newfoundland; Sussex, New Brunswick; Langley, British Columbia.Those centers distribute a wide range of building materials, including engineered wood products, oriented strand board, panels, framing lumber, and plywood panels; appearance grade and other cedar products; and specialty products such as exterior siding, insulation, rebar, and roofing.Under a distribution agreement between Weyerhaeuser and Broadleaf Logistics, Weyerhaeuser products will continue to be distributed by Broadleaf through those distribution centers.About Platinum EquityPlatinum Equity (www.platinumequity.com) is a global M&A&O® firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, manufacturing, and entertainment distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity has completed more than 70 acquisitions with more than $16 billion in aggregate annual revenue at the time of acquisition

Platinum Equity Completes Acquisition of Strategic Distribution, Inc.

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Platinum Equity announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Strategic Distribution, Inc., which provides supply chain management solutions for industrial and institutional customers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.The acquisition is a public-to-private transaction and Strategic Distribution Inc. has been delisted from the NASDAQ exchange, with each share of common stock converted into the right to receive $10 in cash per share.In conjunction with the acquisition, Platinum Equity announced that Rudi Strobl has been appointed as CEO of the business. Strobl is an experienced senior executive who previously served as Deputy CEO of DyStar, a Platinum Equity company that is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of textile dyes.Strategic Distribution, Inc. is an outsourced provider of supply chain management for parts, supplies, production materials, HVAC, plumbing equipment and material handling equipment for a blue chip customer base. Its programs permit organizations to outsource all aspects of their MRO supplies procurement. Strategic Distribution takes responsibility for purchasing, receiving, stocking, issuing and delivering supplies at the customer site. It also manages customers' inventories using its information system In-Site and offers solutions that enable customers to manage the procurement of supplies using tools and systems applications.About Platinum EquityPlatinum Equity (www.platinumequity.com) is a global M&A&O® firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, manufacturing, and entertainment distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity has completed more than 70 acquisitions with more than $15.5 billion in aggregate annual revenue at the time of acquisition.About Strategic Distribution, Inc. (SDI)SDI helps customers optimize their business performance and meet strategic goals by providing technology and supply chain solutions to increase productivity and reduce total costs. Commercial and industrial customers, as well as educational institutions, benefit from reduced costs and increased efficiencies in the procurement and management of MRO materials. Additional information about SDI can be found on the company's web site at www.sdi.com.

Weyerhaeuser to Sell Canadian and Certain U.S. Building Materials Distribution Assets

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (February 16, 2007) – Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) today reaffirmed its commitment to sharpen the focus of its portfolio by announcing its intent to sell its Canadian and select U.S. building materials distribution centers.“The sale of these distribution centers is part of our ongoing effort to sharpen the focus of our portfolio and enhance shareholder value,” said Lee T. Alford, senior vice president of residential wood products. “Weyerhaeuser is committed to being the undisputed leader in structural frame markets and will continue to invest in innovative products, new building systems, software solutions and in-market distribution services.”Canada:Weyerhaeuser is in final negotiations for the Canadian wholesale building products distribution centers with Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles based private equity firm whose holdings include service and distribution businesses in a number of market sectors. The transaction is expected to be completed during the second quarter, 2007.All of the company’s distribution centers in Canada are affected and include: Brampton, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Edmonton, Alberta; Kelowna, British Columbia; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; Quebec City, Quebec; Regina, Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Sudbury, Ontario; Timmins, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; St. John’s, Newfoundland; Sussex, New Brunswick; Langley, British Columbia.Platinum executives said the distribution business would be established as a stand-alone company focused not only on sustaining current operations, but also identifying potential opportunities for growth.“We are very excited about this business and its potential as a platform for future growth,” said Jacob Kotzubei, the Platinum executive leading the acquisition. “We are acquiring an established distribution business with strong fundamentals and a capable and talented staff of employees. That’s a terrific base to build on. We’re also entering a dynamic market that presents opportunity for growth both organically and, potentially, through add-on acquisitions. We are very committed to building this business for the long term,” Kotzubei said.Platinum has a long track record of acquiring non-core business units from strategic sellers, and establishing them as successful stand-alone businesses.Platinum Equity is a global M&A&O® firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, manufacturing, and entertainment distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum has acquired more than 70 businesses with more than $16 billion in aggregate annual revenue at time of acquisition.United States:Weyerhaeuser is in preliminary negotiations with a buyer for ten U.S. building distribution sites. No further details on that transaction are available at this time.The ten building materials distribution sites for sale in the U.S. include: Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Green Bay, Wis.; Kansas City, Kan.; Oklahoma City; Omaha, Neb.; Newton, Kan.; Boston; and Buffalo, N.Y.In most major U.S. markets, Weyerhaeuser will continue to own, operate and strengthen its network of distribution centers to fully service customer needs. The company will retain a comprehensive network of 40 distribution facilities in the U.S. -- servicing markets that account for 85 percent of U.S. housing starts.“While Weyerhaeuser’s iLevel businesses will operate in a different way in Canada and select U.S. markets, all these markets remain important to us,” said Alford. “For these markets, we believe that we can best serve our customers by working with independent building material distributors committed to growing their business. This proven independent distribution model, combined with retaining strong in-field Weyerhaeuser sales and technical support teams, will allow us to deliver first-class support to our customers as we strive to grow demand for our products.”All of these centers distribute a wide range of building materials, including engineered wood products, oriented strand board, panels, framing lumber, and plywood panels; appearance grade and other cedar products; and specialty products such as exterior siding, insulation, rebar, and roofing. Weyerhaeuser products will continue to be distributed through these outlets.Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest integrated forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2006, sales were $21.9 billion. It has offices or operations in 18 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development and related activities. Additional information about Weyerhaeuser’s businesses, products and practices is available at http://www.weyerhaeuser.com.

Delphi Selects Platinum Equity as Lead Bidder in Sale of Steering and Halfshaft Business

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TROY, Mich. – Delphi Corporation (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) announced today that it is working to finalize a Master Sale and Purchase Agreement with Platinum Equity regarding the sale of Delphi’s global steering and halfshaft business. Delphi announced in March 2006 that, while it recognized the steering business as strategic, it intended to explore a sale of the global steering business as part of its comprehensive transformation plan. According to John Arle, Delphi vice president of treasury, mergers and acquisitions, “Delphi intends to finalize negotiations with Platinum Equity and, upon successful completion of a Master Sale and Purchase Agreement, to submit Platinum Equity as the lead bidder in a Bankruptcy Court Section 363 sale process.” Details of the negotiations between Platinum Equity and Delphi will remain confidential until a Master Sale and Purchase Agreement is filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Robert J. Remenar, Delphi vice president and Delphi Steering president, said, “Platinum Equity is a global acquisition firm with a reputation for solving problems and creating value in complex situations. Platinum’s team has an impressive record of acquiring portions of larger corporations and turning them into stand-alone businesses that are positioned for long-term success. They have indicated that they intend to focus on business continuity and growth as critical measures of a successful transition.” Phil Norment, a partner and president of portfolio operations at Platinum Equity who is responsible for evaluating target acquisitions, said the firm is enthusiastic about the steering unit and anxious to work with its management team. “We believe that Platinum’s solutions-based approach to transition and operations is well-suited to establishing Delphi Steering as a successful stand-alone company,” Norment said. “We think the business has a solid foundation built on strong customer relationships, substantial intellectual capital, a skilled workforce and a strong management team led by Bob Remenar, whom we intend to continue to have lead the business as CEO,” Norment said. “All of those things will help secure the future for this business in a globally competitive automotive environment.” Both Norment and Remenar noted the need for the steering business to address certain fundamental issues. They jointly recognize the key challenges, which include: ensuring that the steering and halfshaft business has global capacity in line with customers’ demands; accelerating overall cost reduction to improve the long-term health and stability of the business; and continuing to fund product and technology development. In the United States, Platinum and Steering management have already engaged in preliminary discussions with UAW leadership. By working with Delphi’s key stakeholders, Remenar and Norment said they will seek joint solutions to the competitive challenges that will support a continued business presence in the United States. “Both Platinum Equity and Delphi are committed to completing our discussions with key stakeholders as soon as possible,” Remenar said. “Delphi Steering is gaining tremendous momentum in the marketplace. We are securing new global business at record levels and attracting new customers. For the benefit of the business – and all who are associated with it – we are focused on moving through the sale process as quickly and efficiently as possible.” In 2006, the Steering division achieved global business bookings of more than $3.4 billion, which is the second highest bookings year in the division’s 100-year history. In 2005, the division had global sales revenues of more than $2.6 billion. Platinum Equity (www.platinumequity.com) is a global M&A&O® firm specializing in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, manufacturing and entertainment distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Chairman and CEO Tom Gores, Platinum Equity has acquired more than 65 businesses with more than $15 billion in aggregate annual revenue at the time of acquisition. Delphi Corp. (www.delphi.com) is a leading global supplier of mobile electronics and transportation systems, including powertrain, safety, steering, thermal, and controls & security systems, electrical/electronic architecture, and in-car entertainment technologies. Engineered to meet and exceed the rigorous standards of the automotive industry, Delphi technology is also found in computing, communications, consumer electronics, energy and medical applications. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., Delphi has approximately 172,000 employees and operates 159 wholly owned manufacturing sites in 34 countries with sales of $26.9 billion in 2005. Delphi can be found on the Internet at www.delphi.com. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT This press release, as well as other statements made by Delphi may contain forward-looking statements that reflect, when made, the Company’s current views with respect to current events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the Company’s operations and business environment which may cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from any future results, express or implied, by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the ability of the Company to continue as a going concern; the ability of the Company to operate pursuant to the terms of the debtor-in-possession financing facility; the Company’s ability to obtain Court approval with respect to motions in the chapter 11 cases prosecuted by it from time to time; the ability of the Company to develop, prosecute, confirm and consummate one or more plans of reorganization with respect to the chapter 11 cases; the Company’s ability to satisfy the terms and conditions of the Equity Purchase and Commitment Agreement; the Company’s ability to satisfy the terms and conditions of the Plan Framework Support Agreement (including the Company’s ability to achieve consensual agreements with GM and its U.S. labor unions on a timely basis that are acceptable to the Plan Investors in their sole discretion); risks associated with third parties seeking and obtaining Court approval to terminate or shorten the exclusivity period for the Company to propose and confirm one or more plans of reorganization, for the appointment of a chapter 11 trustee or to convert the cases to chapter 7 cases; the ability of the Company to obtain and maintain normal terms with vendors and service providers; the Company’s ability to maintain contracts that are critical to its operations; the potential adverse impact of the chapter 11 cases on the Company’s liquidity or results of operations; the ability of the Company to fund and execute its business plan (including the transformation plan described in Item 1. Business “Potential Divestitures, Consolidations and Wind-Downs” of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 filed with the SEC) and to do so in a timely manner; the ability of the Company to attract, motivate and/or retain key executives and associates; the ability of the Company to avoid or continue to operate during a strike, or partial work stoppage or slow down by any of its unionized employees and the ability of the Company to attract and retain customers. Additional factors that could affect future results are identified in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 filed with the SEC including the risk factors in Part I. Item 1A. Risk Factors, contained therein. Delphi disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events and/or otherwise. Similarly, these and other factors, including the terms of any reorganization plan ultimately confirmed, can affect the value of the Company’s various pre-petition liabilities, common stock and/or other equity securities. Additionally, no assurance can be given as to what values, if any, will be ascribed in the bankruptcy cases to each of these constituencies. A plan of reorganization could result in holders of Delphi’s common stock receiving no distribution on account of their interest and cancellation of their interests. In addition, under certain conditions specified in the Bankruptcy Code, a plan of reorganization may be confirmed notwithstanding its rejection by an impaired class of creditors or equity holders and notwithstanding the fact that equity holders do not receive or retain property on account of their equity interests under the plan. In light of the foregoing, the Company considers the value of the common stock to be highly speculative and cautions equity holders that the stock may ultimately be determined to have no value. Accordingly, the Company urges that appropriate caution be exercised with respect to existing and future investments in Delphi’s common stock or other equity interests or any claims relating to pre-petition liabilities.