American Coal Co., which directly employs approximately 930 individuals in the State of Illinois, announced May 2 that due to the ongoing “destruction of the United States coal industry by President Barack Obama, and his supporters,” and the increased use of natural gas to generate electricity, it has been forced to make some workforce reductions.
American Coal has laid off 86 employees, effective immediately. These layoffs are considered to be permanent, unless market conditions substantially improve. No salaried employees have been impacted by this announcement. “American Coal will continue to sell and ship coal during this period, and service to its customers will not be interrupted,” the company added.
American Coal, an affiliate of Ohio-based Murray Energy, runs the Galatia mine complex in Saline County, Illinois, which is made up of two big deep mines. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration database shows that American Coal’s New Era mine produced 927,444 tons of coal in the first quarter of this year and 5.5 million tons in all of 2014, while the New Future mine produced 1.8 million tons in the first quarter of this year and 5.7 million tons in all of 2014.