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Quanex Announces the Sale of Its Temroc Metals Business

HOUSTON, Jan. 30, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Quanex Corporation (NYSE:NX), an industry-leading manufacturer of value-added engineered materials and components serving the vehicular products and building products markets, announced today that it sold its Temroc Metals, Inc. business to WXP Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of custom, value-added aluminum extrusion products and alloyed aluminum billet. WXP Holdings is a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital. Terms were not disclosed. Temroc, with about 125 employees, is located in Hamel, Minnesota.

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