Monday, February 1, 2016

Alpha Natural Resources lays off 93 workers in West Virginia

(AP) — Bankrupt coal producer Alpha Natural Resources says it has laid off an additional 93 miners in southern West Virginia due to the industry's downturn.

Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha announced Monday the immediate layoffs at Kingston Mining Inc.'s No. 1 and No. 2 mines and a processing plant in Fayette County.

The company says in a statement the layoffs are due to tough market conditions that have dramatically reduced the demand for coal.

Last week Alpha sent 60-day layoff warning notices for 831 miners and dozens more support staff at eight underground mines and two processing plants in Boone and Raleigh counties. Other layoff notices have been sent since July to hundreds of Alpha workers in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

Alpha filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August.