WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Oct. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) announced that United States Congressman Pat Tiberi from Ohio was honored with the "2015 Congressional Steel Champion Award" from the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today at the company's Zanesville, Ohio Works. Congressman Tiberi received the award for his support of and dedication to the American steel industry and its employees.
"This is a challenging time for the steel industry as a surge of what we believe are unfairly-traded imports continues to come into this nation at record levels," said James L. Wainscott, Chairman, President and CEO of AK Steel. "Congressman Tiberi has been a champion for the steel industry by fighting against unfair trade, and he is much-deserving of this award."
Congressman Tiberi said, "I am honored to be named a Steel Champion because steel manufacturing plays such an important role in Ohio's economy," said Congressman Tiberi. "Supporting strong trade agreements with robust enforcement measures is important to enable American steel manufacturers to compete internationally and create more American jobs here at home."
AISI president and CEO Thomas J. Gibson said, "Pat Tiberi was a strong and instrumental leader in the fight to pass legislation to improve the anti-dumping and counter-vailing duty laws that were enacted this summer. These trade law improvements are the first in over 20 years and would not have happened without the support of Representative Tiberi in the House and Ohio's Senators in the Senate. We are grateful for the Congressman's leadership on this and so many other issues that impact the American steel industry and the 16,000 steel industry workers in Ohio."
Congressman Tiberi toured the Zanesville Works and met employees following the awards presentation. The Zanesville plant is a finishing facility for AK Steel's electrical and stainless steel products.
AK Steel is a world leader in the production of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets. Headquartered in West Chester, Ohio (Greater Cincinnati), the company employs approximately 8,000 men and women at eight steel plants, two coke plants and two tube manufacturing plants across six states: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Additional information about AK Steel is available at www.aksteel.com.
AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI's website at www.steel.org.
SOURCE AK Steel