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UPDATE:

The 20th Bluefield Coal Show kicked off Wednesday at the Brushfork Armory.

Close to 250 vendors from all areas of the coal industry are set up under tents, and inside. Visitors from manufacturers to suppliers take a look at displays of parts, machinery, and the latest in underground mining.

With vendors coming from 32 states and even other continents, mining professionals we spoke with say the coal show is a great networking opportunity.

"All the equipment vendors, the people we buy all of our equipment and supplies from are here," said David Webb from Cliffs Natural Resources. "They make a good outing and we can see all their latest and greatest equipment. It's usually assembled so we can get a good look at it. It really saves us a lot of time."

The Coal Show is only open to people in the coal industry.

It continues until Friday, open 10AM-6PM Wednesday and Thursday and from 9AM-2PM on Friday.

Buses are shuttling visitors, who must be affiliated with the coal industry, from the parking lot at Mitchell Stadium and Bowen Field.


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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - A virtual 'who's who' of the coal mining industry was in Bluefield Wednesday as the 2013 Coal Show officially begins.

The bi-annual event, held at the Brushfork Armory, showcases the latest advancements in mining, while addressing issues facing the industry.

Wednesday's events began with a media appreciation breakfast that featured guest speaker Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy.

Murray's fiery comments focused on the Obama administration and its policies, which Murray feels are "destroying" the coal industry.

The three-day event continues through Friday, with a lineup of speakers and events scheduled. The event also features hundreds of exhibitors on-site at the Armory.

 

 

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