AK Steel Announces Stainless Steel Price Increase

West Chester, OH, February 18, 2011—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said today that it will increase base prices for all 200, 300 and 400 series flat rolled stainless steel products, effective with shipments on February 27, 2011. AK Steel said this increase will be achieved through a reduction in the functional discount of two percentage points for cold rolled and hot rolled products.  Base prices of automotive exhaust grades will increase by $.04 per pound. 

In addition to the base price increases, AK Steel will increase the price for its bright anneal finish extra by $.05 per pound.

All surcharges for stainless steel products, including those for materials under .015 inch thickness, will remain in effect.

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 6,200 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‚Äôs 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.