NEW YORK SunCoke Energy
Inc. will idle Dominion Mine No. 36 in Virginia and lay off 90
The Lisle, Ill.-based coking
coal supplier said it will lay off 51 miners in its own employ
and 39 underground contractors due to a "significant downturn
in the coal market."
"This decision was very
difficult, and we have worked hard to reduce costs in every
other aspect of our coal operations, but the business
challenges in the coal industry left us with no choice," vice
president of coal operations James Mullins said Feb. 11.
"We are continuing production in
our four remaining active Dominion mines with a continued focus
on what we can control, including managing our costs,
optimizing our production and making safety our top priority,"
he said. "We believe that this focus, combined with the action
we have taken today, will help us meet the tough economic
challenges we face this year."
Dominion Mine No. 36 is part of
the companys Jewell coke and coal operations in
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.