Key Values

At AK Steel, our key values of safety, quality and productivity are the foundation of our business – while character and integrity are the pillars of our success. The company strives to hold itself to the highest ethical standards in order to serve the long-term best interests of all of our stakeholders.

Safety
It is no accident that AK Steel consistently outperforms the steel industry safety average by a wide margin. Our value proposition starts, first and foremost, with an unrelenting commitment to employee safety. Simply put, our approach to safety is more than a business objective; it is part of our operating culture. It is our number one priority, because what matters most is having our employees end their shifts as safely as they started them. Since receiving the inaugural Green Cross for Safety Medal from the National Safety Council in 2000, AK Steel has continued to earn significant recognition from industry trade associations and government agencies for its safety performance throughout the years.

AK Steel's Occupational Health & Safety Policy

  • Commit necessary resources to comply with all applicable legal and other requirements, as well as incident prevention and necessary continuous improvement;
  • Reduce and eliminate risks through safety and health procedures and emergency preparedness programs;
  • Develop, implement and maintain OH&S procedures;
  • Evaluate on a routine basis compliance with all applicable OH&S procedures;
  • Strive for continual improvement in the effectiveness of its OH&S management efforts.

Quality
At AK Steel, our official policy is to take a planned approach to continuous improvement of our products, processes and services in order to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations 100% of the time. As a result of our commitment to quality, our carbon and specialty steel customers consistently rate AK Steel Number One in overall customer satisfaction, quality and delivery, according to independent customer surveys. And, as a testament to the level of quality produced by the employees of AK Steel, the company is a member of the steel industry’s prestigious list of “World Class Steelmakers,” as reported by World-Steel Dynamics, a leading steel industry information service.

Productivity
As a world leader in the production of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products, AK Steel operates the most flexible facilities in the steel industry – and that places us among the very best at adapting to ever-changing market conditions and customer needs. From casting to coating, AK Steel continues to set new productivity records across virtually every area of its operations. In fact, the company’s Middletown Works holds the world-record for consecutive heats of carbon steel continuously cast on either a single-strand or double-strand caster. And, AK Steel’s Rockport Works is a recipient of the U.S. Senate’s Productivity Award.