AK Steel's Ashland Coke Plant Again Wins Industry Safety Award


West Chester, OH, February 01, 2008—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said today that its Ashland, Kentucky coke plant has earned the Max Eward Safety Award for the third consecutive year. The award is presented by the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI) and recognizes the ACCCI-member coke plant having the best safety record during 2007. Ashland coke plant employees worked all of 2007 with no OSHA recordable injuries. Hourly employees of the Ashland coke plant are represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 523.

"Congratulations to our employees at the Ashland coke plant whose incredible dedication to safety has earned them this coveted recognition for the third year in a row," said James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel. "It is especially significant that they worked all of 2007 without a single recordable injury."

This award also marks the tenth time in the past 11 years that an AK Steel coke plant has been selected for ACCCI's highest safety honor. The company's Middletown, Ohio coke plant is a seven-time recipient of the Max Eward Award. It also had an outstanding safety performance last year, experiencing only one OSHA recordable injury and finishing second in the industry-wide competition for the Max Eward 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 2007 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.

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 6,500 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 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.