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Patriot Coal expects to lay off more than 1,900 workers

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Patriot Coal expects to lay off more than 1,900 workers in Boone and Kanawha counties.

Patriot issued layoff warning notices to the two counties this week.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says 1,065 workers in his county will lose their jobs. The layoffs include 483 at Speed Mining LLC in Dawes, 288 at Wildcat Energy in Eskdale, 161 at Midland Trail Energy, 118 at Remington LLC in Eskdale and six at Little Creek Dock in Charleston.

Assistant Boone County administrator Pam White says a total of 970 workers in her county will be affected.

Patriot filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May.

Patriot says the warning notices are conditional because it doesn't yet know who will purchase its assets or what the purchaser's hiring plans will be.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Patriot Coal expects to lay off more than 1,000 workers at six operations in Kanawha County.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says he received layoff warning notices from Patriot on Tuesday morning.

The layoffs include 483 at Speed Mining LLC in Dawes, 248 at Wildcat Energy in Eskdale, 161 at Midland Trail Energy, 118 at Remington LLC in Eskdale and six at Little Creek Dock in Charlston.

The layoffs are expected to occur between Oct. 22 and Nov. 5.

Patriot says the notices are conditional because it doesn't yet know who will purchase some of its assets or what the purchaser's hiring plans will be.

Patriot filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May. A hearing was scheduled Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia, on Patriot's reorganization plan.

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