The 800-pound door is painted fire-engine red and emblazoned with the AK Steel logo and West Chester Fire Department patch. It took three AK Steel workers three days to manufacture the door, and an employee with a laser cutting machine in his home volunteered to create the sign for the door on his own time, Brewer said.
AK Steel put the door on a trailer and delivered it on Dec. 12, he said.
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The AK CARES Program was created in 2016 to encourage corporate citizenship among employees interested in giving back to their community. Employees volunteer at food banks, schools, health and human service organizations and other agencies.
AK Steel’s corporate headquarters at 9227 Centre Pointe Drive in West Chester Twp. is located a little more than a mile west of West Chester Fire Department’s Fire Station 71.
The door is only the second of its kind. A similar door was constructed for the Middletown Fire Department in the summer of 2019. Brewer said AK Steel section manager George Phillips devised the idea for the door.
“We do drills inside the mill with the (Middletown) fire department because they’re our first responders,” Brewer said. “He actually thought of it being a good thing for them to help with their training.”
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