November 14, 2008

AK Steel Presents Awards to Top Suppliers and Processors

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AK Steel today presented awards to seven of its suppliers and processors for their outstanding service, value and strategic support of the steelmaker's business plan in 2008. The awards were presented by James L. Wainscott, AK Steel's chairman, president and CEO, during the company's annual Key Supplier and Processor Meeting held in West Chester.

   Companies receiving AK Steel's "Supplier of the Year" award were:      -- Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc., Cleveland, OH (manufacturing        components)     -- Carmeuse Natural Chemicals, Pittsburgh, PA (limestone)     -- Nyrstar NV, Clarksville, TN (zinc)     -- Tempe Services, LLC, Springboro, OH (technical resources)     -- Universal Industrial Supply, Inc., Cincinnati, OH (safety products)     Companies receiving AK Steel's "Processor of the Year" award were:      -- Most Improved Processor:  Kasle Metal Processing, Jeffersonville, IN        (blanking/inspection)     -- Top Quality Performance:  Ferrolux Metals Company, Cleveland, OH        (slitting/inspection)    

"Our 2008 award recipients have gone 'above and beyond' to provide exceptional value to AK Steel," said Mr. Wainscott. "They each have delivered a quality product or service to our company this year at a significant cost savings."

During his keynote address at the meeting, Mr. Wainscott stressed the importance of the steelmaker and its suppliers and processors working together to "forge ahead" through these difficult economic times.

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

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

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