AK Steel's Zanesville Works Garners Three Awards For Safety and Community Impact

West Chester, OH, April 07, 2008—AK Steel's (NYSE: AKS) Zanesville (OH) Works has been honored with two awards for its safety performance by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, division of Safety and Hygiene. In addition, AK Steel has been recognized for its positive impact in the local community with an award from the Muskingum Growth Partnership. The awards were presented at the annual meeting of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce.

The safety awards, presented in conjunction with the Zanesville-Muskingum County Safety Council, are: The 100% Award for operating the entire year of 2007 without a lost-time injury; and, a Special Award for working 2,297,819 hours without a lost-time injury, from April 21, 2003 through December 31, 2007. AK Steel also received the Award for Community and Economic Success (ACES), honoring the company's positive community impact through its investment in the Zanesville plant.

"We congratulate our Zanesville employees for their exceptional safety achievements, especially for working well over four years without a single lost-time injury," said James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel. "We also greatly appreciate being recognized for the company's positive impact in the community."

In recent years, AK Steel invested approximately $30 million in the Zanesville Works to upgrade and modify production equipment. The expenditures were part of the company's expansion of production capabilities for high value-added, grain-oriented electrical steels. In late 2007, AK Steel announced it would make additional capital investments in the Zanesville plant and at its Butler (PA) Works totaling $180 million to further expand electrical steel production capacity. This latest project marks the fourth expansion of AK Steel's electrical steel capacity since 2004. The capital investments are aimed at helping AK Steel meet growing worldwide demand for its high quality steels used in electrical generation and distribution applications.

About AK Steel
AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, primarily for automotive, appliance, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets. The company employs about 6,500 men and women in Middletown, Mansfield, Coshocton and Zanesville, Ohio; Butler, Pennsylvania; Ashland, Kentucky; Rockport, Indiana; and its corporate headquarters in West Chester, Ohio. Additional information about AK Steel is available on the company's web site at www.aksteel.com.

AK Tube LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of AK Steel, employs about 300 men and women in plants in Walbridge, Ohio and Columbus, Indiana. AK Tube produces carbon and stainless electric resistance welded (ERW) tubular steel products for truck, automotive and other markets. Additional information about AK Tube LLC is available on its web site at www.aktube.com