AK Steel Coke Plant Named Safest for Fifth Time

Middletown, OH, May 20, 2003—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said today that its Middletown, Ohio coke plant has received the Max Eward Safety Award from the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI) recognizing the plant as the safest in the industry. 

The award was presented at the institute’s spring meeting last week, marking the third consecutive year, and fifth time in six years, that the AK Steel facility has earned ACCCI’s top safety honor.

AK Steel’s coke plant has logged an extraordinary safety record, completing three consecutive years without a single OSHA-recordable injury.

“The incredible safety performance of our Middletown coke plant is the result of AK Steel’s strong safety program along with the dedication of employees to work safely every day,” said Richard M. Wardrop, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of AK Steel.

The award recognizes the ACCCI-member coke plant with the best safety record for the year and is named for a former chairman of the institute’s manufacturing and safety committee.

AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products for automotive, appliance, construction and manufacturing markets, as well as tubular steel products.  The company has more than 10,000 employees in plants and offices in Middletown, Coshocton, Mansfield, Walbridge and Zanesville, Ohio; Ashland, Kentucky; Rockport, Indiana; and Butler, Pennsylvania.  In addition, the company produces snow and ice control products and operates an industrial park on the Houston, Texas ship channel.