THE Corrimal coke works has closed, ending the long tradition of the mineral’s production in the Wollongong area.
The Illawarra Coke Company, the world’s oldest continuous producer of coke, has now closed both its Corrimal and Coalcliff operations.
Operations ceased at the Coalcliff site in June 2013 with the loss of about 20 jobs. The closure of the Corrimal plant earlier this month has seen the loss of about the same number of jobs.
The closure has been blamed cheaper overseas producers.
Company managing director Rex Wright said workers at Corrimal are great grandsons of the people who worked there since the plant opened early last century. He said it was a sad day.
John Davies, who is a fourth generation coke worker at Corrimal, said the feeling at the plant was emotional.
The Corrimal coke works opened in 1912.