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WARN notice issued to certain Alpha Natural Resources’ mining operations

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World Coal,

Alpha Natural Resources is potentially selling all of the assets of three operating affiliates. Employees at these mining operations have subsequently been informed of this, following the requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

Approximately 292 employees at six mines and a processing plant in southwest Virginia and eastern Kentucky have been given notice of the potential idling of the facilities following expected sales of the operations.

Alpha Executive Vice President of Mining Operations, Keith Hainer, said: "This action is consistent with steps Alpha Natural Resources has taken in the past to build a sustainable portfolio of mining assets across the company's operational footprint."

The operations affected by the WARN notice include:

  • Mill Branch Coal Corp’s Dorchester and Osaka deep mines in Wise County, Virginia, which have 134 employees.
  • North Fork Coal Corp's North Fork No.6 deep mine in Letcher County, Kentucky, and the Panther No.1, Stillhouse No.1 and North Fork No.7 deep mines, which are currently idled. A total of 111 employees work at the No.6 mine or perform maintenance at the idled operations.
  • Pigeon Creek Processing Corp's Plant No.1 in Wise County, Virginia, which has 31 employees.
  • Maxxim Shared Services' support personnel for the mining operations, totaling approximately 16 employees.

Edited from Press Release by Harleigh Hobbs

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