Joe Craft, president and CEO of Alliance Resource Partners, will be the featured speaker at the 2014 Kyndle Industry of the Year Award breakfast, set for 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 16 at the Henderson Fine Arts Center.
"Joe Craft is certainly one of the most prominent business leaders ever to speak at an event in Henderson County, and we're very excited he'll be joining us for the Industry of the Year breakfast," Kyndle CEO Brad Schneider said. "The coal industry is crucial to the economic vitality of our region, and as CEO of the company that operates River View Coal and several other mines in the Tri-State area, Joe is a uniquely qualified to talk about the current status of large industry in our region and what the future may hold."
Alliance has grown into one of the top 10 coal producers in the country and the No. 1 producer in the Illinois Basin.Alliance operates seven mines in Western Kentucky, Southwestern Indiana and Southern Illinois. It is developing more. In addition to River View Mine in Union County, Alliance's facilities include the Onton No 9 and Dotiki mines in Webster County. River View is the top producing coal mine in Kentucky.
Craft's philanthropy includes a major donation to create the Joe Craft Center men's basketball practice facility at UK.
The deadline to submit nominations to Kyndle for the Industry of the Year award is 5 p.m. on Oct. 6. Nominations guidelines are available by contacting Kyndle or following this link to a downloadable .pdf of the guideline form. Manufacturers or large businesses in Henderson, Union, Webster or Union counties who are Kyndle stakeholders are eligible.
The cost to attend the breakfast is $12 for Kyndle stakeholders, $17 for non-members or at the door, and includes a full breakfast buffet catered by Golden Corral. To RSVP, for nomination guidelines or for more information, call (270) 826-7505 or email Info@Kyndle.us.