Southern Coal Corp. announces massive call backs and hiring of miners in Southwest Virginia, Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The company has worked over the last month with several customers to secure coal orders to be able to save jobs as well as reopen mines closed earlier this year.
Southern Coal has entered into a multi-year agreement with one of the nation’s largest utility providers, American Electric Power. Jim and Jay Justice, owners of Southern Coal, have been in constant negotiation with officials of AEP to be able to save jobs and restart the mines.
Nicholas K. Akins, president and CEO of American Electric Power, stated, “AEP is pleased to play a role in supporting economic development in Southwest Virginia, Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. We believe that it is important to maintain a diversified fuel mix for power generation, and that coal needs to continue to be part of that mix.
“This project will not only provide a secure source of reasonably priced fuel for our power plants, but it also will help fuel economic growth throughout Southwest Virginia, Southern West Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky.”
All the employees and vendors of Southern Coal offer a special thanks to American Electric Power, Norfolk Southern, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin…
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