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Patriot Coal Expects to Lay Off More Than 1,000 Workers

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Robert PEnergy
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Patriot Coal expects to lay off more than 1,000 workers at six operations in Kanawha County.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says he received layoff warning notices from Patriot on Tuesday morning.

The layoffs include 483 at Speed Mining LLC in Dawes, 248 at Wildcat Energy in Eskdale, 161 at Midland Trail Energy, 118 at Remington LLC in Eskdale and six at Little Creek Dock in Charleston.

The layoffs are expected to occur between Oct. 22 and Nov. 5.

Patriot says the notices are conditional because it doesn't yet know who will purchase some of its assets or what the purchaser's hiring plans will be.

Patriot filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May. A hearing was scheduled Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia, on Patriot's reorganization plan.

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