AK Steel’s Rockport Works Tops 1,000 Clear Days In Safety

Middletown, OH, March 31, 2005—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said that employees of its Rockport, Indiana Works have surpassed 1,000 clear days without experiencing a single lost-time or restricted activity injury.  The safety milestone was reached on March 30, 2005.

“Congratulations to our Rockport employees for their tremendous safety achievement,” said James L. Wainscott, president and CEO of AK Steel.  “We salute them for being dedicated to AK Steel’s goal of zero injuries by placing safety first each working day.”

Rockport Works has earned a number of safety recognitions in recent years, including the Indiana Department of Labor’s STAR designation under the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) in 2002, which signifies that the plant’s safety programs go above and beyond Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, and the inaugural Indiana Chamber of Commerce Safety Award in 1999, recognizing the plant’s comprehensive safety training program and safety record.  The plant is also certified under the International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 standard for environmental management systems.

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.