Alcoa will soon restructure its salaried workforce in the Quad Cities (Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa; Moline/East Moline and Rock Island, Ill.). The restructuring will result in a salaried workforce reduction of approximately 20%. At this time, hourly workforce reductions are not anticipated. "The reorganization will bring us more in line with our competitors," said Mick Wallis, president - North American Mill Products. "We must become leaner, more nimble, and able to change faster. The pace for improving our business is at a much higher rate than ever before, and all of us at Alcoa must feel an intense sense of urgency to meet the challenges before us." The final determination and communication of the changes will be made by mid-March. In addition to the salaried reduction, a hiring freeze for all employees has been in effect since December. "During 2004, Alcoa's Davenport Works hired nearly 400 new production employees to better meet increased demand from customers," explained Mark Vrablec, director of Manufacturing. "Orders for products we make in the Quad Cities are strong, but our cost structure is still too high to be as competitive as we need in order to survive in this globally competitive environment."