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SunCoke to Employ 115
Monday, August 22, 2011 3:48:51 PM - Monroe Ohio

Photos by John Beagle: SunCoke from Ground Breaking to Today

by Brawlin Melgar,

There are 10 positions left open with SunCoke’s Middletown operations, but they have candidates. The Middletown operations will have a total 115 hourly and salary jobs paying nearly $10 Million in wages, salaries and benefits per year.

The plant broke ground in the spring of 2010 and will produce 550K tons of coke for it's only customer and largest employer in Middletown, AK Steel.

Plans originally called for building a cogeneration plant to capture hot gas from the coke ovens to make steam and generate about 50 megawatts of electricity.

But due in part to a lawsuit from the City of Monroe and other political groups, the Ohio Supreme Court reversed the company’s first certificate required for plants that make 50 megawatts of power or more. Modifications were made to the plant to produce 46 megawatts instead, which increased construction costs.

As a result, the plant is expected to cost $30 Million more than originally, with the final projection approaching $400 Million. This is the largest private construction project in Ohio with construction jobs going to electrical, plumber, bricklayer and other trade union workers. 

About SunCoke
SunCoke Energy Inc. is the largest independent producer of metallurgical coke in the Americas with more than 45 years of experience supplying coke to the integrated steel industry. SunCoke's advanced, heat recovery cokemaking process produces high-quality coke for use in steelmaking, captures waste heat for derivative energy resale and meets or exceeds environmental standards. SunCoke facilities are located in Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Vitoria, Brazil, and with coal mining operations, which have more than 100 million tons of proven and probable reserves, are located in Virginia and West Virginia.

Sources: Chelsey Levingston, Suncoke, Inc.AK Steel.

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