AK Steel Sets World Casting Record

Middletown, OH, February 11, 2004—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said employees at its Middletown, Ohio steel plant have set a world record for consecutive heats of carbon steel cast on a two strand continuous caster.  In a sequence that began on December 28, 2003, crews at Middletown Works cast 1,354 consecutive heats of steel.  The sequence was ended on February 5, 2004 for a planned maintenance outage.

“Achieving a world casting record is an extraordinary performance by AK Steel employees,” said James L. Wainscott, president and chief executive officer of AK Steel.  “My congratulations go to each Middletown Works employee who contributed to this record-setting effort.” 

Caster employees worked accident-free during the record-breaking run.  During the sequence, the shop produced 300,588 tons of carbon steel slabs.  Employees in the maintenance, transportation and blast furnace departments also contributed to the record performance.

AK Steel holds two other sequential casting records.  The company’s Ashland, Kentucky Works set a world record for consecutive heats of carbon steel continuously cast on a single strand caster.  They set that record on September 26, 2002 when crews achieved 1,851 consecutive heats of steel.  And, AK Steel’s Mansfield, Ohio Works holds the world record for sequential casting of Type 409 stainless steel (32 consecutive heats) reached in October 2002.

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 plants and offices in Middletown, Coshocton, Mansfield, Walbridge and Zanesville, Ohio; Ashland, Kentucky; Rockport and Columbus, 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.