All of AK Steel's Plants Receive ISO 14001 Environmental Registration


Middletown, OH, February 11, 2003—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said today that all of its steel operations have been awarded certificates of registration under ISO 14001 for environmental management systems. Developed by the International Organization for Standardization in Geneva, Switzerland, ISO 14001 is a set of voluntary standards based on international consensus among environmental experts. ISO 14001 standards are management tools that enable an organization to control the impact of its activities, products or services on the environment, according to the organization.

The company’s Ashland, Kentucky Works earned the distinction of becoming the first U.S. integrated steel plant to receive the registration in 2001. Since then, AK Steel’s steel plants in Middletown, Coshocton, Mansfield and Zanesville, Ohio; Butler, Pennsylvania; Rockport, Indiana and its steel tube subsidiary AK Tube in Walbridge, Ohio, have all passed the rigorous independent audits and have been awarded certificates of registration.

"Being certified to the ISO 14001 standard represents AK Steel’s commitment to compliance with existing environmental laws and regulations, as well as our commitment to continual improvement,” said Richard M. Wardrop, Jr., chairman and CEO of AK Steel. "The fact that each of our eight facilities received approval by the registrar with the very first audit speaks highly of that commitment,” he said.

AK Steel said domestic automakers have set requirements that their suppliers implement environmental management systems that comply with the ISO 14001 international environmental management system. AK Steel has previously received ISO 9002 quality registration as well as QS 9000 quality certification, the domestic automakers' quality management certification program.

AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products for automotive, appliance, construction and manufacturing markets, as well as tubular steel products. AK Steel is headquartered in Middletown, Ohio. It employs more than 10,000 men and women in plants and offices in Middletown, Coshocton, Mansfield, Walbridge and Zanesville, Ohio; Ashland, Kentucky; Rockport, Indiana; and Butler, Pennsylvania. AK Steel also produces snow and ice control products, and operates a major industrial park on the Houston, Texas ship channel. Additional information about AK Steel is available on the company’s web site at