75 Workers Laid Off from Patriot Coal Mines in Boone County, W.Va.

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nearly 75 workers have been laid off from two Patrot Coal mining complexes in Boone County, the company announced Wednesday.

Patriot issued a 60-day WARN notice April 23 and, at the time, said at least 50 people would lose their jobs at the Wells complex in Wharton and the Corridor G complex near Danville..

A company spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that 60 workers have been laid off at Wells and another 15 workers at Corridor G.

Patriot president and CEO Ben Hatfield told MetroNews in April that both the metallurgical and thermal coal markets continued to be challenging.

"We're working hard, frankly, to minimize the number (of layoffs)," Hatfield said. "We're struggling with mines at those locations that are simply operating at cost levels that exceed the prices that we can get at the marketplace. They are literally consuming cash."

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