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WEST CHESTER, Ohio, April 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) said today that longtime engineering employee, Laura Szpot, was recognized by the Manufacturing Institute as one of the 2019 STEP Ahead Award honorees who exemplify leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering or Production.
Laura was among honorees recently recognized by the Manufacturing Institute in Washington, D.C. The Manufacturing Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class manufacturing talent. As part of that work, the Institute champions diversity, works to empower women leaders and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry.
“We are proud of Laura’s achievement and are pleased to participate in the Manufacturing Institute’s event to recognize women in manufacturing,” said Roger K. Newport, AK Steel Chief Executive Officer. “Science, technology and manufacturing roles are key to enable us to deliver innovative steel solutions to meet our customers’ needs, and to drive manufacturing for our company and our nation.”
Laura joined AK Steel in 1981 and has progressed through a number of roles in Quality Control at AK Steel’s Middletown Works in Middletown, Ohio. She is currently Manager, Routing and Applications, where she manages the Product Metallurgy group. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science from the School of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
While women make up nearly half the U.S. labor force, today that number lags in manufacturing. “The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead awards are an important element of our commitment to helping foster a 21st century manufacturing workforce by developing current leaders and engaging future ones,” said Carolyn Lee, Executive Director of the Manufacturing Institute.
AK Steel is a leading producer of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products, primarily for the automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, including electrical power, and distributors and converters markets. Through its subsidiaries, the company also provides customer solutions with carbon and stainless steel tubing products, die design and tooling, and hot- and cold-stamped components. Headquartered in West Chester, Ohio (Greater Cincinnati), the company has approximately 9,500 employees at manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and facilities in Western Europe. Additional information about AK Steel is available at www.aksteel.com.
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