AK Steel CEO Roger Newport talks during a grand opening ceremony for the company’s new world-class Research and Innovation Center in Middletown, Friday, Apr. 7, 2017. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

AK Steel CEO named Steelmaker of the Year

Established in 1991, the award is presented annually to recognize notable leaders for their impact on the steel industry.

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Candidates are considered from both integrated and mini-mill steel producing companies from throughout the world, according to AIST.

Newport is being recognized for his “strategic and dynamic leadership at AK Steel, engaging and empowering employees to drive innovation, quality, safety, environmental stewardship, and productivity,” AIST said.

AIST also noted that Newport is “a leader in the industry, fighting for steel manufacturing in America, and serves as a voice for support and change in the domestic and global steel industry.”

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Newport said he was humbled by the honor.

“With more than 30 years in the steel industry at AK Steel, I’m proud to accept this recognition not only for my efforts, but on behalf of all employees at our company who drive innovation in steel products and processes to surpass our customers’ needs today and for the future,” Newport said in a statement.

The award will be presented May 9 in Nashville, Tenn., at AISTech 2017, the Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition.

AK Steel is Butler County’s third-largest employer with a total of approximately 2,400 full-time employees at its Middletown Works and corporate headquarters in West Chester Twp.

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