F. R. Smith Appointed To Top Safety Position For AK Steel

Middletown, OH, March 04, 2004—AK Steel Corporation (NYSE: AKS) today said that F. R. “Dick” Smith has been named corporate director, safety, filling the role of the company’s top safety job following the retirement last month of James W. Stanley. 

 “Dick Smith has been an integral part of AK Steel’s continual safety improvement since 1996 and is clearly the most knowledgeable and qualified safety profession to lead what is, without question, this company’s highest priority – safety,” said James L. Wainscott, president and CEO.  “The continuity Dick brings to this role is invaluable as we continue to pursue a goal of zero injuries.”

Dick Smith joined AK Steel as safety manager in 1996, and was named corporate manager, safety in 1999.  Prior to joining AK Steel, Mr. Smith served in various safety and operational roles for U.S. Steel Corporation, including staff safety engineer; division manager, safety, health and workers’ compensation and manager, safety and environment.  Prior to his corporate experience, Mr. Smith was a captain in the United States Air Force, serving as a launch officer at a Titan II missile complex.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw University.

Headquartered in Middletown, AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products for automotive, appliance, construction and manufacturing markets, as well as tubular steel products.