Warrior Coal seeks to hire 50-60 miners
MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) – Warrior Coal in Hopkins County is looking to hire around 60 miners as company officials say global demand for coal grows.
Officials say it’s been a difficult decade for the mining industry, especially in Kentucky. However, circumstances are improving for the miners as experts say the price of coal has fallen below the price of natural gas.
Hopkins County Executive Judge Jack Whitfield previously worked as a coal miner at just 25 years old.
“I’ve worked underground for years and it’s probably the most enjoyable job I’ve had,” Whitfield said.
That’s why he’s excited about Warrior Coal’s announcement about finding 50 to 60 miners.
“The coal industry in general is having a pretty good year, and Warrior Coal here in Hopkins County, as part of the Alliance, is following that trend and they need to mine more coal,” Whitfield said. “To do this, they have to add people. “
Officials say generating energy from coal is now cheaper. As Warrior Coal explained, a natural gas crisis is underway with natural gas prices surpassing the $ 5 mark, doubling last year.
“It has been at least a few years since we have been able to expand our production and gain new sales opportunities,” said Warrior Coal deputy general manager Joel Bradley. “So that means 50 to 60 well-paying jobs for the people of the region. “
Judge Whitfield comes from a family of coal miners, giving him a job when he left the Air Force. Whitfield says he’s thrilled that around 60 people can also reap the benefits.
“It’s just a tremendous opportunity,” said Whitfield. “Coal mining paid to raise me and my sisters and my brother. It paid for us to go to school, to put clothes on our backs and it did the same for my family.
Warrior Coal hopes to hire soon as the company plans to host a career fair on Saturday, November 6.
The career fair will be held at the Warrior Coal Nebo Portal at 57 JE Ellis Road in Madisonville from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The business leaders will propose candidacies and interviews on site during the fair.
For those who cannot make it to the fair, people can call Warrior Coal at 270-249-6010.
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