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[Haverhill] Industrial developments take shape

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Haverhill is located along old US 52 west of Ironton and southeast of Portsmouth.

Sun Coke set for expansion

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1. Sun Coke Company is expanding, with a second set of 100 ovens. The announcement was made in February, and the private bricklaying ceremony is set for May 21. A total of 49 permanent jobs and 700 construction jobs will be created. Work is underway currently.

2. Sun Coke began talks about building in the area in the late 1990s. The original plant was completed in 2005 with 100 ovens that produce 550,000 tons of screened blast furnace coke per year. Steam, a by-product of the coke ovens, is sold to the adjacent Sunock phenol manufacturing facility.

2a. The expansion will allow the plant to produce more than 100,000 tons of material annually.

3. The estimated project cost is $230 million and full production is expected in the second half of 2008. Two companies have already signed agreements to purchase the coke for the next 15 years.

4. The new facility, like the original, will capture waste heat from the oevens to produce and supply steam to a 67-megawatt turbine that will provide a net average of 46 megawatts of power into the regional power market

Article information: "Sun Coke set for expansion, By Mark Shaffer, The Ironton Tribune, May 15, 2007"

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Project adds 100 ovens

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1. Construction of the new bank of 100 ovens began in March. The $230 million project was "big enough" that Governor Strickland paid a visit.

2. The original plant was completed in 2005 with 100 ovens with 550,000 tons of screened blast furnace coke capacity per year. The additional ovens, which will go on-line in June 2008, will produce an additional 550,000 tons. It will bring 45-50 permanent jobs.

2a. Two companies will be purchasing coke at the plant for the next 15 years.

2b. Future expansions could occur: the plant was originally designed and permitted for 400 ovens. It is all dependent on the coke market.

3. Governor Strickland believes that Ohio's future rests in part on becoming more of an energy producer. Ohio is fifth in the nation in consuming energy, and fourth in using that energy for industrial production.

Article information: "Project adds 100 ovens, By Mark Shaffer, The Ironton Tribune , May 22, 2007"

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