Thursday, July 9, 2009

Armstrong Coal plans two more mines

St. Louis-based Armstrong Coal Co. has four mines in Ohio and Muhlenberg counties today, employing 437 people mining 3 million to 4 million tons of coal a year.

But the company expects to increase employment to between 600 and 700 people next year and between 800 and 900 by 2012, Kenny Armstrong, the company's vice president for operations, told the Green River Area Development District's board of directors Thursday.

It expects to add a fourth mine in Ohio County later this year and a fifth by the end of next year. Armstrong has one mine in Muhlenberg County.

Coal shipments should increase to 5 million tons by the end of this year, Armstrong said, and 7.8 million tons by the end of 2010.

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