BY: Chuck Stinnett, TheGleaner.com
HENDERSON, Ky. - Six years ago, the River View Coal mine near Uniontown in Union County existed only on paper.
Today, it is the biggest coal mine in Kentucky, providing nearly 700 high-paying jobs and producing more than 9 million tons of coal last year.
On October 16, Kyndle named River View its 2014 Industry of the Year. The mine, owned by Alliance Resource Partners L.P., recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, Kyndle CEO Brad Schneider noted in announcing the award.
During that time, he said, it has grown to become the largest employer in Union County while also employing significant numbers of people from the other three counties in Kyndle’s economic development service area: Henderson, Webster and McLean counties.
“In a very short amount of time, this company has not only made a hugely positive impact on our region but has completely disrupted the status quo in its industry, both in Kentucky and the nation as a whole,” Schneider said.
Wages at River View average some $80,000 per year, including overtime work, resulting in an annual payroll approaching $56 million. It employs 545 workers underground, 11 surface workers and 20 office workers at the mine site, plus approximately 80 workers at its coal preparation plant and coal dock a few miles away.
“Obviously we’re proud to be part of the community and we do plan to be there for a long time to come, and we’ll provide those jobs and keep them safe,” River View General Manager Ken Ford said in accepting the award.
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