Farm owner Larry Persch borders the SunCoke proposed site

Farm owners fear coke plant arrival

Five generations of Larry Persch’s family have lived on the 50-acre farm on Niederlander Lane. It’s been a home and means of livelihood. But they fear a new neighbor 20 feet away may threaten its future.

Unlike many properties located near where a $340 million SunCoke plant could be built to supply AK Steel's Middletown Works with coke and electricity, the Persch farm has arguably been there almost as long as the steelmill. Larry said his great-grandfather bought the property in the early 1900s, around the same time the American Rolling Mills Corp., or Armco, was founded.