September 15, 2006
AK Steel has announced that its Rockport, Indiana Works is the winner of the United States Senate Productivity Award, sponsored by U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the Indiana Manufacturers Association, and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. The award is being presented for the plant's 2005 performance. In recognition of the achievement, the company will receive the U.S. Senate Productivity Award medallion.
"We are proud that AK Steel's Rockport Works has been chosen for this high honor," said James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel. "The outstanding efforts of our Rockport employees have contributed to a continuous and significant improvement in each metric of the plant's manufacturing performance."
The award honors organizations that are using particularly effective productivity improvement techniques or processes. Applicants for the award are evaluated by a special judging committee based on criteria including improvements or redesign of operations or systems, product or service innovation, quality programs, capital investment and/or new technology, and employee involvement and participation.
The Rockport plant supplies flat-rolled carbon and stainless steels for automotive, appliance, manufacturing, and other markets.