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AK Steel Employee Receives Prestigious Recognition

May 6, 2014  |  AK Steel
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WEST CHESTER, Ohio, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said today that Johannes (Hans) Schade, Ph.D., the company's Manager of Electrical Steel Technology and Research Laboratories, has received the Benjamin F. Fairless Award from the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) -- a global leader in networking, education and sustainability programs for advancing iron and steel technology. The award recognizes Dr. Schade for his distinguished achievements in iron and steel production and ferrous metallurgy.

"Receiving the Benjamin F. Fairless Award from AIST speaks volumes about Hans and our focus on research and innovation at AK Steel," said James L. Wainscott, Chairman, President and CEO of AK Steel. "We thank Hans for his many contributions to our company and our industry, and we congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition."

Dr. Schade was nominated for the Benjamin F. Fairless Award by several of his peers from across the steel industry. According to AIST, the award recognizes Dr. Schade for helping to advance the knowledge of clean steel technologies in continuous casting. In addition, the award recognizes his passion for steel technology, his contributions to tundish metallurgy and his leadership in steelmaking and casting process technology.

Since 1957, a total of eight employees from AK Steel and its predecessor company, Armco, have received the Benjamin F. Fairless Award from AIST.

Dr. Schade joined AK Steel in 1990 as an Engineer in the company's Casting Department. Over the course of his AK Steel career, he has held several positions of increased responsibility in both Engineering and Research. Dr. Schade has received numerous awards for steelmaking research and has authored 21 publications, including two books on steel casting technology. He holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Metallurgical Engineering, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Metallurgical Engineering, all from the University of Toronto.

AK Steel

AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets. The company employs about 6,100 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

AK Coal Resources, Inc., another wholly-owned subsidiary of AK Steel, produces metallurgical coal from reserves in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. AK Steel also owns 49.9% of Magnetation LLC, a joint venture headquartered in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, which produces iron ore concentrate from previously mined ore reserves.


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