Semet-Solvay (Tonawanda Coke)

In 1917, Allied Chemical opened its coke oven plant on River Road in Tonawanda, New York, as part of the Semet-Solvay Company. When Allied sold its Tonawanda plant in 1978, it became known as the Tonawanda Coke Corporation. The original Semet-Solvay battery was built in 1917 and contained sixty coke ovens. It was taken out […]

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Donner Hanna Coke

Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC, represents former and retired workers from Donner Hanna Coke Corporation once located at Mystic and Abby Streets in Buffalo, New York. This 88 acre facility manufactured metallurgic coke, a necessary element used to make steel. Donner Hanna Coke also manufactured coke by-products, including phenol, xylene, xylenol and orthoxylenol, benzene, toluene, ammonium […]

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Asbestos Exposure at Donner Hanna Coke

Asbestos-containing materials covered a majority of the equipment used at the Donner Hanna Coke plant. Throughout its 88 acre site, the coke ovens, phenol manufacturing facility, precarbon plant, three office buildings and a powerhouse containing five boilers all contained asbestos refractory or insulation materials. A refractory material is a non-metallic material capable of resisting high […]

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