AK Steel Launches Innovation Hub in Middletown

On Friday, June 19, AK Steel finally broke ground on its new Research and Innovation Center in Middletown. James L. Wainscott, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, was present at the ceremony together with Larry Mulligan Jr., Mayor of Middletown, and other officials.

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

AK Steel broke ground June 19 on its $36 million Research and Innovation Center in Middletown. James Wainscott, AK Steel’s chairman, president & CEO, attended the ceremony, along with Mayor Larry Mulligan and other officials.

AK Steel announced plans for the facility earlier this year. The project calls for the construction of a 135,000-square-foot facility on 16 acres in Middletown’s Renaissance District. The site is located along Interstate 75 in the Cincinnati–Dayton growth corridor.

AK Steel’s Research and Innovation Center will replace an existing facility in Middletown. It will house pilot lines that simulate manufacturing operations, ranging from melting and casting and hot- and cold-rolling to final finishing. Seventy-six of the company’s researchers, scientists and engineers will work in the facility. AK Steel said that it expects the project to add 15 new full-time research positions.

Al Neyer L.L.C. is building the Research and Innovation Center. Neyer Architects Inc. is the project’s architect, with BHDP Architecture in charge of designing the interior labs and office areas. AK Steel expects completion by late 2016.

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