Southern Coal Corp. says it plans to hire 100 miners at four surface mines in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.
Two mines are in Wise County, Virginia. One is in Letcher County, Kentucky, and the other is in Raleigh County, West Virginia.
The company says the mines currently employ a total of about 200 workers.
The Bristol Herald Courier reports that Southern Coal announced the hiring plans on Wednesday.
Southern Coal is owned by Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.. In a news release the company says it has entered into a multi year agreement with American Electric Power to be able to save jobs and restart the mines.