AK Steel Coke Plants Recognized For Outstanding Safety Performance

Mar 11, 2011, 11:10 ET from AK Steel

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AK Steel Corporation's (NYSE: AKS) Ashland, Kentucky and Middletown, Ohio coke plants have received the Max Eward Safety Award from the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI), a leading industry trade organization.  The awards recognize the company for operating two of the safest cokemaking facilities in America during 2010.  Both AK Steel coke plants, along with one other ACCCI member coke facility, operated the entire year of 2010 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 Ashland and Middletown coke plants, as well as all those affiliated with our fellow Max Eward award winner, for their outstanding safety performance."

The ACCCI recognition marks the 13th time in the past 14 years that an AK Steel coke plant has received the Max Eward Safety Award.  

"The employees at AK Steel's coke plants 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 coke plants, the employees at the company's Ashland steel plant and AK Tube facility in Columbus, Indiana also worked the entire year of 2010 without any OSHA recordable injuries.  

About AK Steel

AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, primarily for automotive, appliance, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets.  The company employs about 6,200 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.