AK Steel’s Coshocton and Zanesville Plants Recognized For Outstanding Safety Performance

West Chester, OH, April 25, 2011—AK Steel’s (NYSE: AKS) manufacturing plants in Coshocton and Zanesville, Ohio have been recognized for outstanding safety performance by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Division of Safety and Hygiene.  The recognition is part of a collaborative safety awareness program established by local chambers of commerce and their safety councils.

AK Steel’s Coshocton Works received the Group Award for Safety for having the lowest incident rate in its industrial group for 2010.  The plant also received the 100% Award for Safety for operating the entire year of 2010 without any lost-time injuries or illnesses.  And, Coshocton Works received a Special Award for Safety for working 2,438,681 hours without a lost-time injury between February 20, 2008 and December 31, 2010.

In addition, AK Steel’s Zanesville Works received the 100% Award for Safety for operating the entire year of 2010 without any lost-time injuries or illnesses.  The plant also received a Special Award for Safety for working 3,519,675 hours without a lost-time injury between April 21, 2003 and December 31, 2010.

“AK Steel is honored to be recognized by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Division of Safety and Hygiene – an achievement that reflects the company’s culture of safety,” said James L. Wainscott, Chairman, President and CEO of AK Steel.  “We congratulate everyone at our Coshocton and Zanesville steel plants for their outstanding safety performance.”

AK Steel’s corporate-wide safety performance was about 7 times better than the steel industry average for the full-year 2010.

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’s web site at http://www.aksteel.com.

 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.