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This news story originally provided by WV Metro News
September 24, 2004

New Underground Mine For Logan County


A new underground mine in Logan County means new jobs for 200 miners. Arch Coal announced Thursday afternoon they're hiring on workers to mine 107 million tons of coal at their Mountain Laurel Complex.

Governor Bob Wise calls it a great economic day for West Virginia. He says it's been a long time since they've had this kind of good economic news from the coal industry. The governor helped break ground on the site that will be an underground mine.

Not only will the company hire 200 workers over the next three years, they're also investing $190 million dollars-plus into the project. That means millions of dollars in coal severance taxes for Logan County and anywhere from 120-130 construction jobs to build the new mine site. The site will eventually employ 383 miners.

At a time when other coal companies are downsizing, Wise says Arch is making a major investment, not just for Logan County, but also for the entire state.

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