It’s official. After years of troubles, violations and fines the Erie Coke Plant began turning employees away unexpectedly today, Thursday, December 19, 2019.

“We haven’t received “official” confirmation but we do understand this shutdown is happening. We will be reaching out to company officials to discuss the closure to ensure it’s being done in a safe and orderly fashion and in accordance with state regulations. We have been in contact with Labor and Industry which has dispatched it’s rapid response team to aide the affected workers,” said Tom Decker, Department of Environmental Protection.

According to a manager at the plant, they could not keep up with the mounting fines for air and water pollution citations.

“We heard the news this morning about the closing of Erie Coke. We are trying to get more information. Our number one concern and priority is the employees. We recommend that employees should first reach out to Bev Rapp from the Department of Labor and Industry’s Rapid Response Team. Bev can be reached by phone at 455-9966 ex. 560. Her email address is We encourage all employees to work through Bev first,” said Mayor Joe Schember, (D), City of Erie.

“As my team and I have been visiting businesses and in conversations with the Mayor’s Business Council, we are aware of scores of openings for good, family-sustaining jobs in the Erie area. If employees would like a second avenue to get word about their availability for jobs, we invite them to send their resumes to the city as well. They can email Chris Groner at or Jennifer Hoffman at and we will forward their resumes to the members of our Mayor’s Business Council and to businesses that we know that have openings. We understand this is a difficult time, and we will do everything we can to help people find employment.”

We’ll continue to bring you more information on this story as it becomes available.