June 18, 2008

WCI Steel States Legal Challenge is ‘Without Merit’

WARREN, Ohio, June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In response to media inquiries concerning the legal challenge filed by Optima International of Miami and certain minority stockholders of WCI Steel, Inc. , representing less than 18 percent of the shares outstanding, the following statement was issued by WCI Steel, Inc.:

"The legal action initiated by Optima International and certain dissident stockholders is without merit. Holders of a majority of WCI Steel's shares approved, on May 16, 2008, an agreement of sale to OAO Severstal. We continue to believe that this transaction with Severstal provides the most value to WCI Steel stockholders, customers, suppliers and employees. We intend to vigorously defend against this baseless action and will continue to pursue an expeditious closing of the sale, which will significantly improve the long-term prospects for the Warren facility."

About WCI Steel, Inc.

WCI Steel's strength is built on "Custom Steel. Custom Service. Creative Solutions." As an integrated producer of value-added, custom steel products serving niche markets, WCI Steel emphasizes customer and technical service. WCI Steel currently produces 185 grades of flat-rolled custom and commodity steel products at its Warren, Ohio facility. WCI Steel focuses on a wide range of custom flat-rolled steel products, including high carbon, alloy, ultra high strength, and heavy-gauge galvanized steel and on developing closer, more responsive relationships with customers. Major customers are steel converters, processors, service centers, construction product companies, and pipe and tube manufacturers.

About Severstal

OAO Severstal is an international metals and mining company with a listing on the Russian Trading System and the London Stock Exchange. Incorporated in 1993, the company focuses on high-value-added and unique niche products and has a successful track record of acquiring and integrating high-quality assets in North America and Europe. Severstal owns mining assets in Russia, thus securing its supplies of raw materials. In 2007, Severstal produced 17.5 million tons of steel. Revenues were $15.2 billion, and EBITDA was $3.7 billion. EPS was $1.92.

Forward-Looking Statements

Information contained in this release, other than historical information, should be considered "forward-looking statements" within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

WCI Steel cautions that there are various important factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated events will occur.

Among such factors are: general economic and business conditions; demand for WCI Steel's products; changes in liquidity, timing of completion of the acquisition, changes in, or the failure or inability to comply with, government regulation, including, without limitation, anti-trust legislation and environmental regulations; the outcome of legal matters and other risk factors.

Except as required by law, WCI Steel does not assume any responsibility to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future developments or events.

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WCI Steel, Inc.

CONTACT: ANALYSTS: Cynthia Bezik, Vice President and CFO,+1-330-841-8301, MEDIA: Bette Kovach, Public Affairs Manager, +1-330-841-8213,both of WCI Steel, Inc.

Web site: http://www.wcisteel.com/