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Quanex Announces Completion of Spin-off and Merger

HOUSTON, April 23, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Quanex Corporation (NYSE:NX), an industry-leading manufacturer of value-added engineered materials and components for the vehicular products and building products markets, announced today the completion of the spin-off of its Building Products business to its stockholders and the subsequent merger of Quanex with a subsidiary of Gerdau S.A. In the spin-off, Quanex stockholders received one share of Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE:NX) for each share of Quanex Corporation owned on the record date of April 23, 2008. For the merger consideration, shareholders of record received $39.20 per share.

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For additional information, visit the Company's website at www.quanex.com.

CONTACT: Quanex Corporation
Financial Contact:
Jeff Galow
713-877-5327
Media Contact:
Valerie Calvert
713-877-5305

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