AK Steel Plans $36M R&D Facility in Middletown

AK Steel plans to build a new, world-class Research and Innovation Center in the city of Middletown. The West Chester-based steel company announced the project on Monday, February 23. It is expected to cost $36 million.

AK Steel plans to break ground this year on a $36 million research center in Middletown, the West Chester-based company announced on Feb. 23. The 120,000-square-foot facility will be constructed on a 15-acre site on Interstate 75 in the Cincinnati–Dayton growth corridor.

AK Steel’s Research and Innovation Center, which will replace an existing facility in Middletown, will be home to about 75 researchers, scientists and engineers. It will also house pilot lines that simulate manufacturing operations, ranging from melting and casting and hot- and cold-rolling to final finishing. The  pilot lines serve a variety of purposes, including research, enhancing existing products, problem-solving and product development.

James Wainscott, AK Steel’s chairman, president & CEO, said in a statement that the company considered other locations, including several in other states. In the end, the company chose to remain in Middletown, where it was founded more than a century ago. Wainscott also thanked the state of Ohio, the city of Middletown, Warren County Port Authority, JobsOhio, and REDI Cincinnati for their roles in making the project a reality.

Pending final state and local approvals, AK Steel is targeting a late spring or early summer groundbreaking.

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