Monday, October 26, 2015

Ex-Patriot Coal miners seek jobs with Blackhawk Mining

Hundreds of former Patriot Coal miners met with Kentucky-based Blackhawk Mining officials Monday at the Charleston Civic Center in hopes of getting jobs with the company.

Jesse Parish, the vice president of Blackhawk, said the company is looking to rehire nearly 1,400 ex-Patriot employees who were laid off earlier this year.

Blackhawk is in the process of buying out six Patriot operations across southern and central West Virginia after a federal bankruptcy judge approved a reorganization plan allowing Patriot to sell a majority of their operating assets to Blackhawk.

The company has not made an official announcement about the hiring process, but Parish did say the miners will have to go through interviews as a new applicant.

Patriot, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May. Blackhawk announced as part of its winning bid it plans to purchase Patriot’s Panther, Rocklick, Wells, Kanawha Eagle, Paint Creek and Midland Trail mining operations.