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Quanex Reports On Special Shareholders' Meeting

Merger Approved by Over 99 Percent of Voting Shareholders

HOUSTON, April 22, 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 that its shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the merger of Quanex with a subsidiary of Gerdau S.A. At the shareholders' meeting today, with approximately 90% of the shares represented, over 99% of the shares were voted for the merger. Closing of the transaction is expected to become effective at 5:05 p.m. Eastern on April 23, 2008.

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CONTACT: Quanex Corporation
Financial Contact:
Jeff Galow
Media Contact:
Valerie Calvert