AK Steel Coke Plant Recognized For Outstanding Safety Performance

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said today that the company's Middletown (OH) Works coke plant has received the Max Eward Safety Award from the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI), a leading industry trade organization.  The award recognizes the company for operating one of the safest cokemaking facilities in America during 2013.  AK Steel's Middletown Works coke plant, along with two other ACCCI member coke facilities, operated the entire year of 2013 without any OSHA recordable injuries.

"AK Steel is honored to be recognized by the ACCCI – an achievement that reflects the company's commitment to safety at all of our manufacturing operations," said James L. Wainscott, Chairman, President and CEO of AK Steel.  "We congratulate everyone at our Middletown Works coke plant, as well as all those affiliated with our fellow Max Eward award winners, for their outstanding safety performance."

The ACCCI recognition marks the 14th time in the past 17 years that an AK Steel coke plant has received the Max Eward Safety Award.  The company's Middletown Works coke plant is now a ten-time recipient of the award.

"The employees at AK Steel's Middletown Works coke plant continue to be role models for safety in the workplace," said Bruce Steiner, President of the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute.  "We congratulate them, and the company, for promoting a culture of safety that continues to produce exceptional results."

In addition to AK Steel's Middletown Works coke plant, the company's Rockport (IN) Works and Zanesville (OH) Works operated the entire year of 2013 without any OSHA recordable injuries.

AK Steel
AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets.  The company employs about 6,100 men and women in Middletown, Mansfield, Coshocton and Zanesville, Ohio; Butler, Pennsylvania; Ashland, Kentucky; Rockport, Indiana; and its corporate headquarters in West Chester, Ohio.  Additional information about AK Steel is available on the company's web site at www.aksteel.com.

AK Tube LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AK Steel, employs about 300 men and women in plants in Walbridge, Ohio and Columbus, Indiana.  AK Tube produces carbon and stainless electric resistance welded (ERW) tubular steel products for truck, automotive and other markets.  Additional information about AK Tube LLC is available on its web site at www.aktube.com.  

AK Coal Resources, Inc., another wholly-owned subsidiary of AK Steel, produces metallurgical coal from reserves in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.  AK Steel also owns 49.9% of Magnetation LLC, a joint venture headquartered in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, which produces iron ore concentrate from previously mined ore reserves.  

SOURCE AK Steel



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