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AK Steel's Rockport Works Re-Certified for OSHA Sa
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 3:32:11 PM - Monroe Ohio
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AK Steel's (NYSE: AKS)
Rockport, Indiana Works has been re-certified for the "Star" safety
designation through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the Indiana
Department of Labor.  The VPP Star designation signifies that the plant's
employee safety programs go above and beyond Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) requirements, and reflects a cooperative relationship
between management, employees and OSHA.
    The award was presented yesterday by Tim Grogg, Special Assistant
Commissioner-IOSHA for the Indiana Department of Labor, during a ceremony held
at the plant.  The ceremony was attended by Rockport Works management members,
officers of United Auto Workers Local #3044, representing hourly employees at
the plant, and other officials from the Indiana Department of Labor.
    "Safety is always our first and highest priority at AK Steel," said James
L. Wainscott, chairman, president & CEO of AK Steel.  "We congratulate our
Rockport employees for their outstanding commitment to safety which has earned
re-certification for the prestigious VPP Star."
    Rockport Works was originally certified under the VPP Star program in
2002.  The plant received runner-up honors last year in the U.S. Senate
Productivity Awards competition, sponsored by Senator Richard G. Lugar, the
Indiana Manufacturers Association and the Association for Manufacturing
Excellence, which recognized the plant for its zero OSHA recordable injury
record for the 2004 year, in addition to environmental and productivity gains.
    Rockport Works has also received the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Safety
Award, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification, ISO/TS 16949
Quality Management System certification, the North American Maintenance
Excellence Award, Ford Q1 certification and various other quality awards.
    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.

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