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president of the Mid-Miami Valley Chamber of Commerce hopes to
get AK Steel back in the business organization.
The Middletown steel maker notified the chamber Thursday
that it was withdrawing because "it was not meeting our
needs," Alan McCoy, AK Steel spokesman, said.
Chamber President David Daugherty said AK Steel, one of
Middletown's largest employers, was the largest member of the
He said the chamber, which represents 600 businesses in
Middletown, Monroe and Trenton, hoped to convince AK Steel to
The company's withdrawal won't cause a financial hardship,
but the chamber was "re-evaluating everything," he said.
The company's move came the same day that Cincinnati lawyer
Stan Chesley spoke at a chamber luncheon about how "smoking
gun" documents can affect lawsuits against corporations.
McCoy declined to comment on whether Chesley's speech
played a role in the company's decision.
In 1996, Chesley represented the families of two workers
killed in an explosion at the Middletown Works. The company
and the families eventually reached a confidential settlement.
Chesley said he was "flabbergasted" by reports that his
speech, which didn't mention AK Steel, might have played a
role in the company's withdrawal.
"I think it's petty and childish" if true, he said.
A couple of years ago, the company withdrew from the
Washington, D.C.-based American Iron and Steel Institute after
disagreeing with some of its policies.
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