AK Tube’s Columbus Plant Re-Certified In VPP Safety Program

 

West Chester, OH, November 24, 2009—The Columbus, Indiana plant of AK Tube LLC, a subsidiary of AK Steel (NYSE: AKS), has been re-certified as a Star site in the Indiana Department of Labor’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).  The Star designation signifies that the plant’s safety programs go above and beyond the requirements established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  AK Tube in Columbus has been VPP Star certified since 2006.

“Your re-approval to the Voluntary Protection Program is a strong endorsement of the continued dedication to workplace safety and health demonstrated by you and your employees at AK Tube LLC in Columbus,” said Lori Torres, commissioner for the Indiana Department of Labor.  “As a participant in the VPP, you hold a position as an industry leader in workplace safety and health, and serve as a model for what a safety and health management system can be.”

“AK Tube’s VPP Star designation speaks volumes about the professionalism of our employees in Columbus and their commitment to safety,” said James L. Wainscott, AK Steel chairman, president and CEO.  “We congratulate them for becoming re-certified, an achievement that reflects AK Steel’s unwavering commitment to safety at all of our plant operations.”

In addition to VPP Star designation, AK Tube in Columbus received the Safety Award of Honor from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International in 2008 and 2009.

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 6,000 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 250 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.