Worthington Steel Earns Recognition as a John Deere "Partner-Level Supplier"

Worthington Steel Earns Recognition as a John Deere "Partner-Level Supplier" 
COLUMBUS, OH -- (Marketwire) -- 03/12/13 --  Worthington Steel, a
Worthington Industries company (NYSE: WOR), announced today that the
company has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2012
in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level
status is Deere & Company's highest supplier rating. This marks the
fifth time the Columbus, Ohio-based company has been selected for
this honor in recognition of its dedication to providing outstanding
quality and its commitment to continuous improvement. 
"We are proud to receive John Deere's highest supplier rating," said
Geoff Gilmore, president, Worthington Steel. "This achievement is a
tribute to our employees' dedication and commitment to delivering the
highest quality and service to our customers." Worthington Steel
employees accepted the recognition on March 5 during formal
ceremonies held in Davenport, Iowa. 
Worthington Steel is a supplier of hot-rolled and cold-rolled
cut-to-length steel sheets to John Deere Harvester Works in East
Moline, Ill., and John Deere Ottumwa Works in Ottumwa, Iowa, for the
fabrication and assembly of combine harvesters and hay and forage
equipment. Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence
program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories,
including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and
wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply
Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier
evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement. 
About Worthington Steel
 Worthington Steel, a Worthington Industries
company, is one of America's largest independent processors of
flat-rolled steel. Operating 19 facilities across the United States
and Mexico, the company offers the widest range of services in the
industry, including cold-rolling both carbon and stainless steel,
configured blanking, cutting-to-length, cleaning and inspecting,
acrylic coating, dry lubricating, edging, hot-dipped galvanizing and
galvannealing, hydrogen annealing, pickling, slitting, temper rolling
and tension leveling. Worthington Steel also has a technical team in
its metallurgical laboratory equipped to assist customers on site and
in product testing. 
About Worthington Industries
 Worthington Industries is a leading
diversified metals manufacturing company with 2012 fiscal year sales
of $2.5 billion. The Columbus, Ohio based company is North America's
premier value-added steel processor and a leader in manufactured
pressure cylinders, such as propane, oxygen and helium tanks, hand
torches, refrigerant and industrial cylinders, camping cylinders,
exploration, recovery and production products for global energy
markets; scuba tanks, and compressed natural gas storage cylinders;
custom-engineered open and enclosed cabs and operator stations for
heavy mobile equipment; framing systems for mid-rise buildings; steel
pallets and racks; and through joint ventures, suspension grid
systems for concealed and lay-in panel ceilings, current and past
model automotive service stampings, laser welded blanks, and light
gauge steel framing for commercial and residential construction.
Worthington employs approximately 10,000 people and operates 82
facilities in 11 countries. 
Safe Harbor Statement
 The company wishes to take advantage of the
Safe Harbor provisions included in the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995 ("the Act"). Statements by the company which are
not historical information constitute "forward-looking statements"
within the meaning of the Act. All forward-looking statements are
subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results
to differ from those projected. Factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially include risks described from time to
time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange
Cathy M. Lyttle
VP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
Phone: (614) 438-3077
E-mail: Cathy.Lyttle@WorthingtonIndustries.com 
Sonya L. Higginbotham
Director, Corporate Communications
Phone: (614) 438-7391
E-mail: Sonya.Higginbotham@WorthingtonIndustries.com 
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