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Dominion mine idled, 90 workers laid off

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JEWELL RIDGE VA. (WVVA) - A total have 90 workers have been laid off after SunCoke Energy idles one of its Jewell Smokeless Coal mines.

The idling of Dominion mine 36 was announced Friday morning. a total of 51 company miners and 39 underground contractors are affected.

Dominion mine 36 is located in near Jewell Ridge, in Buchanan County.

In a news release, James M. Mullins, Vice President of Coal Operations for SunCoke Energy, said the layoffs were due to "the significant downturn in the coal market."

Production will continue at the company's four other active Dominion mines.

SunCoke Energy is the parent company of Jewell Coke and Coal Operations.

Following is the full news release from SunCoke:

 

SunCoke Media Statement

Jewell Restructuring

February 8, 2013

"Like others in our industry, we too have been affected by the significant downturn in the coal market.  As a result, we are forced to idle Dominion mine 36 and lay off 51 company miners and 39 underground contractors. 

This decision was very difficult and we have worked hard to reduce costs in every other aspect of our coal operations.  But the business challenges in the coal industry left us with no choice.

We are continuing production in our four remaining active Dominion mines with a continued focus on what we can control, including managing our costs, optimizing our production and making safety our top priority.

We believe this focus, combined with the actions we have taken today, will help us meet the tough economic challenges we face this year."

-- James M. Mullins, Vice President of Coal Operations, SunCoke Energy, Inc.

 

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