AK Steel has 2,421 employees and trails Cincinnati Financial Corporation and GE Aviation in West Chester as the largest private employers in the county. Douglas said AK Steel has about 1,850 hourly union employees.
Douglas said he has seen an increase in business at AK Steel since the purchase.
“We’re booming,” said Douglas, who added AK is hiring.
Late last week, Cleveland-Cliffs announced its plans to contribute $202 million to its global pension plans this year.
About $118 million had been deferred from 2020 as part of the provisions of the CARES Act, according to the company’s 10-K filing Friday with the SEC. That contribution was completed on Jan. 4, according to the filing.
The amount of the contribution reflects the addition of the pension plans of AK Steel Corp. and ArcelorMittal USA.
AK Steel started operations in 1901 in Middletown and always has been a major contributor to the community. The company opened its $36 million AK Steel Research and Innovation Center off Interstate 75 in 2017, 10 years after the headquarters were moved out of Middletown to West Chester.
There are soccer fields and a band shelter named after AK Steel in Middletown and the company is a major supporter of Light Up Middletown, a holiday lights display; and employees serve on numerous boards and employees volunteer on countless projects.