Saturday, August 30, 2003

AK Steel's the place to be

Plant tour, concerts part of Labor Day fun

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

MIDDLETOWN - What began as a 100th anniversary celebration has become an annual Labor Day community event hosted by AK Steel.

The company Monday will again offer public tours of its Middletown steelmaking plant and a day of music and classic cars. The daylong event will include drawings for company memorabilia, children's activities, a health fair and fireworks.

The Oak Ridge Boys and the Middletown Symphony Orchestra will play, and a classic car cruise-in will be at company headquarters near downtown Middletown.

"It's absolutely a great event," Middletown Assistant City Manager Preston Combssaid. "It's been growing each year."

The Labor Day tribute started in 2000 to commemorate 100 years of steelmaking in Middletown.

"The company over its history had marked significant milestones with significant community events," said Alan McCoy, vice president of public affairs. "We've been in the community for 103 years. That's a significant relationship.''

Company officials decided to make the celebration annual to acknowledge the role the community and AK employees play in the company's success, McCoy said.

Rod and Nelda Adkins have attended the last two AK Steel Labor Day celebrations, and are looking forward to this year's event.

"It means a lot," said Mr. Adkins, who worked at the mill for 36 years.

He said he likes the classic cars and visiting with former co-workers.

If you go

AK Steel's "Cruisin' with the Classics" celebration is at the company's corporate headquarters, 703 Curtis St., Middletown on Monday.

9 a.m.: Tours of AK's Middletown plant begin; classic car cruise-in begins

11 a.m.: Full event opens

2 p.m.: Last plant tour bus departs

4:30 p.m.: Oak Ridge Boys

6:15 p.m.: Elvis impersonator

7:30 p.m.: Middletown Symphony performs

8:45 p.m.: Rozzi's Famous Fireworks display E-mail

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