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Aegis Metal Framing Begins Operations
   2/6/2002 8:49:18 AM

Chesterfield, MO (February 1, 2002) -
Aegis Metal Framing, LLC, a joint venture between Dietrich Metal Framing and MiTek Industries, Inc.'s Steel Framing Systems division officially began operations today. Dietrich a subsidiary of Worthington Industries, Inc.
(NYSE: WOR). MiTek is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A).

Aegis Metal Framing unites two of the most widely recognized names in light gauge steel framing. By combining the world-class manufacturing and distribution skills of Dietrich and the software, engineering and marketing functions of MiTek's Steel Framing Systems division, Aegis offers building component producers an unparalleled array of products and services. "We are absolutely focused on driving the demand for factory-built, light gauge components," states Thomas Valvo, President of Aegis. "By providing our fabricator customers with a complete suite of whole-structure design, estimating, and management software, a full line of metal framing products, and integrated professional engineering services, Aegies offers a unique business model. Architects, contractors and component fabricators specializing in commercial and institutional construction will be the primary beneficiaries of this entirely new kind of company."

According to Ed Ponko, President of Dietrich, "Aegis offers a new vision for our industry. Pre-fabricated, engineered products marketed with strong software and engineering overtones present the finest opportunities to unlock value for all members of the building team."

Gene Toombs, MiTek Chairman and CEO adds, "Our two organizations' strengths and skill sets complement each other perfectly. Our customers and the contractors they supply are going to be delighted with what Aegis has to offer."

For more information, visit Aegis' all-new website at

Contact: Tom Valvo (314) 851-7488