AK Steel coke-plant supplier to cut 64 jobs

A supplier to AK Steel's Ashland coke plant operations, which are scheduled to close about April 1, has told the state that it plans to lay off its 64 workers in Boyd County.

Fosbel Ceramic Technologies provides maintenance service for the coke plant.

The closing of the plant will affect 263 AK Steel employees, although the company said it hopes to find jobs for many at its Ashland Works iron and steel plant, which employs about 900 and will remain open.

An executive at Fosbel, which is based in a Cleveland suburb, declined to comment Wednesday.