MIDDLETOWN - Construction on a $360 million industrial coke-making facility here by SunCoke Energy Inc. is about 20 percent complete, but opponents aren't giving up their two-year opposition to the controversial project.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, headline a list of officials expected to be on hand Wednesday afternoon at the 156-acre plant site on Yankee Road, near the Monroe city line, for a ceremonial brick-laying ceremony for the plant expected to begin operation in the fall of 2011, producing up to 550,000 tons of metallurgical coke, or baked coal, for AK Steel's Middletown Works.

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