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March 26, 2019

Worthington Industries Earns Recognition as a John Deere “Partner-level Supplier” for Seven Consecutive Years

COLUMBUS, OH – March 26, 2019 -- Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) announced today that it has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2018 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. This is the Company’s seventh consecutive year achieving the honor. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. Worthington was selected for this honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. Worthington achieved Hall of Fame status in 2017 after attaining a Partner-level rating for five consecutive years.

“We are proud to once again obtain this level of achievement with John Deere,” said Worthington Industries Chief Operating Officer Geoff Gilmore. “To earn this recognition seven years in a row is a true testament to our team’s commitment and dedication to providing the highest quality and service to our customers.”

Worthington Industries is a supplier of hot-rolled and cold-rolled cut-to-length steel sheets to John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, Ill., John Deere Horicon Works in Horicon, Wisconsin and John Deere Ottumwa Works in Ottumwa, Iowa, for the fabrication and assembly of combine harvesters, hay and forage equipment, lawn & garden equipment and utility vehicles.

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.
 
Über Worthington Industries
Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2018 fiscal year net sales of $3,6 billion.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor providing customers with wide ranging capabilities, products and services for a variety of markets including automotive, construction and agriculture; a global leader in manufacturing pressure cylinders for propane, refrigerant and industrial gasses and cryogenic applications, water well tanks for commercial and residential uses, CNG and LNG storage, transportation and alternative fuel tanks, oil & gas equipment, and consumer products for camping, grilling, hand torch solutions and helium balloon kits; and a manufacturer of operator cabs for heavy mobile industrial equipment; laser welded blanks for light weighting applications; automotive racking solutions; and through joint ventures, complete ceiling grid solutions; automotive tooling and stampings; and steel framing for commercial construction.  Worthington employs approximately 12.000 people and operates 81 facilities in 11 countries. 
 
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