AK Steel’s Zanesville Works Honored With Three Safety Awards

West Chester, OH, March 20, 2009—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said that its Zanesville (OH) Works today received three awards for outstanding safety performance from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, division of Safety and Hygiene.  The awards were presented at the annual meeting of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Zanesville-Muskingum Industrial Safety Council.

The safety awards presented to Zanesville Works include:  The Group Safety Award for having the lowest incident rate in the industrial group for 2008; the 100% Award for operating the entire year of 2008 without a lost-time injury; and, a Special Award for working 2,825,818 hours without a lost-time injury, from April 21, 2003 through December 31, 2008. 

“Congratulations to our Zanesville employees for their tremendous safety performance,” said James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel.  “Especially noteworthy is their significant achievement of working over five years without a single lost-time injury.”

During 2008, AK Steel led the steel industry in safety by a wide margin.  AK Steel’s corporate-wide total recordable injury rate of only 0.28 last year was about 8 times better than the industry average of 2.33, according to data compiled by the American Iron and Steel Institute.

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 6,300 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 260 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.