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Inside the coke battery at the Shenango Inc. coke plant on Neville Island, Pa.
At the end of 2015, DTE Energy Corp announced it was closing its Shanango Neville Island plant, located 5 miles downstream on the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, Pa. The facility which produced blast furnace coke and related products for steelmaking, would be shut down due to a "sharp downtown in the North American steel industry.”
The Neville Island facility made its final batch of coke on January 6, 2016, ending 54 years of converting coal to metallurgical coke to fuel blast furnaces for steelmaking. The closing left 173 workers unemployed.