AK Steel Honored For Safest Coke Plant Operation For The Eighth Time


Middletown, OH, March 27, 2006—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said today that its Ashland, Kentucky coke plant has been selected to receive the Max Eward Safety Award from the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI).  The award recognizes the ACCCI-member coke plant with the best safety record during 2005.  AK Steel’s Ashland coke plant employees worked the entire 2005 year without recording a single OSHA Recordable Injury.  Hourly employees of the Ashland coke plant are represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 523.

“We salute our Ashland coke plant employees for their tremendous safety performance during 2005 which earned them this coveted award,” said James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel.  “Nothing is more important at AK Steel than employee safety, and it is gratifying to have our Ashland coke plant employees recognized for their dedication to work safely each day.”

This marks the eighth time in the past nine years that an AK Steel cokemaking facility has been honored as the industry’s safest.  The company’s Middletown, Ohio coke plant is a seven-time recipient of the Max Eward Award.  It also had an outstanding safety record last year and finished second in the industry-wide competition for the 2005 award.

“The employees of AK Steel’s Ashland coke plant have made safety their top priority,” said Bruce Steiner, president of ACCCI.   “Coke plants are challenging work environments from the standpoint of keeping employees safe, and AK Steel has done a tremendous job year after year at both Ashland and Middletown to protect its most important asset – its people.   The Ashland plant’s employees and managers are to be congratulated for their extraordinary 2005 safety record and demonstrating that they are working under the principle of Safety First.”

Mr. Steiner explained that the purpose of the award is to inspire and encourage ACCCI-member companies to improve their industrial safety programs and prevent personal injuries.   The award, which is named for a former chairman of the institute’s Manufacturing, Environmental, and Safety and Health Committee, will be presented at ACCCI’s May meeting. 

Headquartered in Middletown, Ohio, AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products, as well as carbon and stainless tubular steel products, for automotive, appliance, construction and manufacturing markets.