U.S. Steel will soon begin the process of closing the three oldest coke-making batteries at its Clairton Plant, the company announced Tuesday.
The closing of batteries 1, 2 and 3 will take six days, and is expected to be finished by the end of the month, U.S. Steel said.
More than 100 employees worked on the project for over a year to prepare for the closing, which U.S. Steel described as "a complex process that will reduce emissions from the facility and support the company’s ambitious climate goals."
U.S. Steel spokesperson Amanda Malkowski said there are currently 10 batteries at the plant. There will be seven when the three 60-year-old batteries close.
The total number of employees at the Mon Valley Works is about 3,000, and the Clairton battery closures will reduce that number by about 130 positions, Malkowski said.
"The battery closures are being undertaken without layoffs, with reassignments and retirements offsetting the impact on the roughly 130 jobs affected by the closures," U.S. Steel said in a statement. "These positions will not be replaced."
"U.S. Steel is overall optimistic for the future of the Mon Valley Works," Malkowski told Pittsburgh's Action News 4. "This is where we're from, and this is a place we deeply care about. The 3,000 people, these are good-paying, family-sustaining jobs, and we'd like to keep as many as possible."