Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao Names AK Steel Safety Official to Advisory Committee

Middletown, OH, January 02, 2003—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) today said that U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has appointed James W. Stanley, AK Steel’s vice president of safety and health, to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH). The 12-person committee, which was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the Secretaries of Labor and Health and Human Services, on occupational safety and health programs. Representatives are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and experience in occupational safety and health.

“It is an honor to AK Steel’s safety program to have Jim Stanley appointed to this advisory committee,” said Richard M. Wardrop, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel. “I don’t believe there is another individual in this country with Jim’s combination of experience and understanding in both the development of federal safety standards and the practical application of those standards in the workplace,” he said.

AK Steel has led the U.S. steel industry in safety performance by a wide margin for nearly a decade, according to the company. For the most recent data available, AK Steel’s total injury rate of 0.86 is about seven times lower than the U.S. steel industry average. The company’s Butler (PA) Works was the first U.S. steel plant to earn OSHA’s “Star” designation under its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) in 2001. Last year the company’s Rockport (IN) Works also earned the VPP Star designation. Virtually every one of AK Steel’s operating facilities has been recognized by state and federal agencies for outstanding safety performances. Most recently, the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) presented AK Steel with its safety excellence award for “Best Company-Wide Safety Program.” Mr. Wardrop was named in 2000 the first-ever recipient of the Green Cross for Safety medal by the National Safety Council.

Mr. Stanley joined AK Steel in 1996 after serving the Occupation Safety and Health Administration for nearly 25 years. He joined OSHA in 1971 as a maritime safety officer in the Philadelphia office. In 1973 he was named supervisory safety and health specialist for the Pittsburgh office. In 1987 he was named regional administrator for the New York office, and in 1994 Mr. Stanley was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA in Washington, D.C.

AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products for automotive, appliance, construction and manufacturing markets, as well as tubular steel products. AK Steel has steel producing and finishing facilities in Middletown, Coshocton, Mansfield, Walbridge, and Zanesville, Ohio; Ashland, Kentucky; Rockport, Indiana; and Butler, Pennsylvania. AK Steel also produces snow and ice control products, and operates a major industrial park on the Houston, Texas ship channel.