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


West Chester, OH, May 05, 2010—AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said today that two of its Ohio plants have received awards from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, division of Safety and Hygiene for their outstanding safety performances in 2009.

The company’s Coshocton Works earned three awards, including: the Group Safety Award for having the lowest incident rate in the Coshocton County Safety Council’s industrial group for 2009; the 100% Award for operating the entire year of 2009 without a lost-time injury; and, a Special Award for working 1,538,615 hours without a lost-time injury, from February 20, 2008 through December 31, 2009.

And, AK Steel’s Zanesville Works garnered two awards.  They are:  the 100% Award for operating without a lost-time injury during 2009; and, a Special Award for working 3,129,977 hours without a lost-time injury, from April 21, 2003 through December 31, 2009. 

“Safety is always AK Steel’s highest priority,” said James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel.  “My congratulations go to each of our Coshocton and Zanesville employees whose commitment to safety led to these outstanding safety performances.”

The Coshocton and Zanesville awards were presented at recent meetings of local chambers of commerce and safety councils. 

During 2009, AK Steel’s corporate-wide total recordable injury rate was about 8 times better than the industry average.

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 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.