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Karissa Blackburn


Cliff’s Natural Resources is making decisions in the midst of what many are calling the ongoing war on coal.

With EPA regulations becoming more strenuous and many local mines having to idle or layoff hundreds of workers, the coal industry has taken its knocks over the past year.

On Tuesday, Cliffs announced they have been authorized to invest in their own company by purchasing stock. The company has also recently hired a new chairman, president and CEO, Lourenco Goncalves.

Many have speculated that Cliff’s will be turning away from coal in the near future. Goncalves himself, in a recent press release, said, “The implementation of our new strategy centered on the U.S. iron ore business has successfully started.”

But, on the heels of these announcements, miners in Southern West Virginia have received a glimmer of hope from the coal industry that they have not seen in a while: Cliff’s is hiring.

According to the CNR website, the company currently has eight open positions in the Logan-Wyoming County area: four in Man and four in Pineville.

Job openings in Man include:

• Mobile equipment operator at Toney’s Fork — an hourly position

• Section foreman at Powellton Mine — a salaried position

• Underground surveyor — to eliminate contractor labor

• Experienced underground coal miner — an hourly position

Job openings in Pineville include:

• Maintenance foreman (five years’ experience) — an hourly position

• Mine section foreman (five years’ experience) — an hourly position

• Experienced underground mine electrician (one year experience and electrician certification) — an hourly position

• Experienced underground coal miner (six months’ experience) — an hourly position

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