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Alpha Natural Resources closes two more mines

By Megan Brantley, mbrantley@wcyb.com
Published On: Feb 08 2013 05:02:23 PM CST
BRISTOL, Va. -

Bristol, Virginia based Alpha Natural Resources announced the layoffs and the idling of two mines today, Red Onion and Bluff Spur.

We learned this is a part of the restructuring process they announced in September to reduce coal production.

"We always have to analyze our customer demand against what we're producing at our mines and if we have to make further adjustments then we'll have to do that," said Ted Pile, Vice President of Corporate Communications.

Company officials tell us the former employees will be given benefits and pay for 60 days.