CSN Names Board Designees for Post-Merger Wheeling-Pittsburgh

SAO PAOLO, Brazil, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Companhia Siderurgica
Nacional ("CSN") (NYSE: SID) today announced the names of its designees for
the Board of the new Wheeling-Pittsburgh, which would be created after
completion of the proposed merger of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Corporation
(Nasdaq: WPSC) with CSN's North American assets. 
The Board of Directors of the new Wheeling-Pittsburgh will include a
majority of independent directors. In addition to those independent directors,
CSN will designate three directors -- all of whom have extensive operational
or management experience in the steel industry, proven track records in the
industry, and the knowledge necessary to help integrate operations and realize
the long term potential of the combined company. 
CSN's board designees are: 
Marcos Marinho Lutz, 36, is currently Vice President of Infrastructure &
Energy for CSN, which he joined in 2003. Lutz is in charge of the Hidroeletric
Plants, logistics, railways and port terminals, and has directed CSN's US
operations since 2005.  Before joining CSN, he served at Ultrapar (NYSE: UGP)
for nine years, and ran the logistics division as COO for the last 2 years.
He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University
in Evanston, Illinois. 
Otavio de Garcia Lazcano, 37, was elected CSN's Chief Financial Officer in
August 2006. In that role, Lazcano heads up the Accounting, Treasury, Credit,
Insurance and Investment Departments at the company, which he joined in 1996.
He has performed many functions at CSN, including playing a critical role in
restructuring CSN's debt.  Before joining CSN, Lazcano worked at Aracruz, one
of the largest Pulp and Paper companies in the world. 
Eneas Garcia Diniz, 46, is Vice President of operations for CSN. Diniz is
responsible for all of CSN's steel operations worldwide. Prior to assuming
this role, he directed the hot end at the Volta Redonda Mill.  He joined the
company in 1985. He holds an MBA from an internal program, which is
administered by Fundacao Dom Cabral. 
About Companhia Siderurgica Nacional 
CSN is a leading global steel producer with operations in Latin America,
North America, and Europe.  CSN is a fully integrated steel producer, the
largest coated steel producer in Brazil, with current capacity of 21.5 million
tons of iron ore, 5.6 million tons of crude steel, 5.1 million tons of rolled
products and 2.9 million tons of coated steel capacity. 
CSN's process is based on the integrated steelworks concept that uses its
own sources of iron ore and electrical power supply.  In addition, CSN
controls logistics assets -- ports and railways -- that enable an extremely
cost efficient and reliable loading and unloading of slabs and ore for deep
sea vessels. This integrated steelworks concept allows CSN to be one of the
most cost competitive steel producers in the world. 
CSN has had operations in the United States since 2001 through its
wholly-owned subsidiary CSN LLC (formerly known as Heartland Steel) located at
Terre Haute, Indiana. CSN LLC has an annual production capacity of 1 million
tons of cold-rolled, galvanized and hot rolled products. 
CSN shares are traded on the New York (NYSE) and Sao Paulo (BOVESPA) stock
exchanges. 
Forward-Looking Statements Cautionary Language 
The information contained in this news release and the investor
presentation, other than historical information, consists of forward-looking
statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section
21E of the Securities Exchange Act. In particular, statements containing
estimates or projections of future operating or financial performance are not
historical facts, and only represent a belief based on various assumptions,
all of which are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements reflect the
current views of management and are subject to a number of risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
described in such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among
others, factors relating to (1) the risk that the businesses of CSN Holdings
Corp. and Wheeling-Pittsburgh will not be integrated successfully or such
integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; (2)
the ability of CSN, CSN Holdings Corp. and Wheeling-Pittsburgh to realize the
expected benefits from the proposed strategic alliance, including expected
operating efficiencies, synergies, cost savings and increased productivity,
and the timing of realization of any such expected benefits; (3) lower than
expected operating results for Wheeling-Pittsburgh for the remainder of 2006
or for the strategic alliance; (4) the risk of unexpected consequences
resulting from the strategic alliance; (5) the risk of labor disputes,
including as a result of the proposed strategic alliance or the failure to
reach a satisfactory collective bargaining with the production employees; (6)
the ability of the strategic alliance to operate successfully within a highly
cyclical industry; (7) the extent and timing of the entry of additional
competition in the markets in which the strategic alliance will operate; (8)
the risk of decreasing prices for the strategic alliance's products; (9) the
risk of significant supply shortages and increases in the cost of raw
materials, especially carbon slab supply, and the impact of rising natural gas
prices; (10) rising worldwide transportation costs due to historically high
and volatile oil prices; (11) the ability of the strategic alliance to
complete, and the cost and timing of, capital improvement projects, including
upgrade and expansion of Wheeling-Pittsburgh's hot strip mill and construction
of an additional galvanizing line; (12) increased competition from substitute
materials, such as aluminum; (13) changes in environmental and other laws and
regulations to which the strategic alliance are subject; (14) adverse changes
in interest rates and other financial market conditions; (15) failure of the
convertible financing proposed to be provided by CSN to be converted to
equity; (16) changes in United States trade policy and governmental actions
with respect to imports, particularly with respect to restrictions or tariffs
on the importation of carbons slabs; and (17) political, legal and economic
conditions and developments in the United States and in foreign countries in
which the strategic alliance will operate. There is no guarantee that the
expected events, trends or results will actually occur. The statements are
based on many assumptions and factors, and any changes in such assumptions or
factors could cause actual results to differ materially from current
expectations. CSN, CSN Holdings Corp. and Wheeling-Pittsburgh assume no duty
to update forward-looking statements. Reference is made to a more complete
discussion of forward-looking statements and applicable risks contained in
CSN's and Wheeling-Pittsburgh's filings with the SEC. 


    Contact Information:
    Investors:    Jose Marcos Treiger, Investors Relations Manager,
                  +55-11-3049-7511
    Media (U.S.): Jeremy Fielding or Laura Walters, Kekst and Company,
                  +1-212-521-4800




SOURCE  Companhia Siderurgica Nacional 
CONTACT:
Investors: Jose Marcos Treiger, Investors Relations Manager, +55-11-3049-7511; 
or U.S., Media: Jeremy Fielding or Laura Walters, both of Kekst and Company, +1-212-521-4800
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