The new coke: At Clairton, U.S. Steel invests in jobs and health
The Clairton plant takes coal and turns it into coke, an essential ingredient in steel. The new battery of coke ovens replaces a dirty, inefficient system from 1955, giving Clairton's 1,300 workers a new lease on life. Downstream in the steel-making process, another 1,400 company employees at the Edgar Thomson plant in Braddock and the Irvin plant in West Mifflin will get added job security now that Clairton will be able to turn out 960,000 tons of coke a year.
1. interesting. edgar thomson plant has been in continuous operation since 1873.
named for president of the pennsylvania RR
built by andrew carnegie
took part in homestead steel strike of 1892
became part of jp morgan-financed US steel in 1901
still produces 28% (2.8 million tons) of US Steel's output