Centertown mine to close in February

Keith Lawrence:

The Messenger-Inquirer


 For the second consecutive year, miners at the Genesis Mine in Centertown in Ohio County have received a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification — WARN notice — for Christmas.

 Both last year’s notice and the one received Thursday from Murray Energy Corp. have said the mine will close in late February.

 Last year, it was Armstrong Coal, saying it planned to close all of its mines in Kentucky no later than Feb. 28.

 But in early February, Murray Energy announced that it had purchased 51% of the interest in Western Kentucky Coal Resources LLC, which owned the Genesis mine.

 And the jobs were saved at the mine.

 Then in October, Murray Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which allows it to reorganize its debts.

 That seemed to mean more layoffs.

 But Ohio County Judge-Executive David Johnston was optimistic that any layoffs wouldn’t last more than a day or two.

 The company needed to reorganize its debts so it could continue operating, he said at the time.

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