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Patriot Coal Lays Off 75 at West Virginia Mines

Patriot Coal

  Patriot Coal has laid off 75 workers at two southern West Virginia mining complexes.

Patriot spokeswoman Janine Orf confirmed Wednesday that 60 employees were laid off at the Wells complex near Wharton. Fifteen lost jobs at Patriot's Corridor G complex near Danville.

In April, the St. Louis-based company issued 60-day layoff notices to workers at both locations.

Before layoffs, Wells employed 450 workers Corridor G employed 397.

The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, Act requires companies to provide notice to employees if large layoffs are possible.

Patriot president and CEO Bennett K. Hatfield said in an April news release that the company needs to align production with expected sales. He says pricing for metallurgical and thermal coal is well below production costs at many Central Appalachia mines.

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