Cliffs Logan County Coal Receives Mountaineer Guardian Award

Staff Report

February 7, 2014

MAN – Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. has announced that its Cliffs Logan County Coal LLC’s (CLCC) Toney Fork surface mine has received the Mountaineer Guardian Award.

The Mountaineer Guardian Award is presented by the West Virginia Office of Miner’s Health, Safety & Training and the West Virginia Coal Association and recognized the Toney Fork mine’s workforce “for their determined and successful efforts in producing energy from within a safe working environment.”

Toney Fork’s employees worked 115,812 hours in 2013 without a recordable accident. Toney Fork employees now have worked 1069 days without a recordable accident.

“The Toney Fork team has been together for a long time,” said Tom Smith, CLCC general manager. “Their dedication and commitment to safe production has played an important role in the success of CLCC. More specifically, their safety record and productivity has made it possible for CLCC to add 26 employees at Toney Fork, beginning this week.”

With the addition of the 26 new employees, Toney Fork coal production will increased by 350,000 tons, while total employment increases to a total of 72.

Cliffs Natural Resources operates the Pinnacle Mining Complex in Wyoming County, West Virginia, the Cliffs Logan County Coal operations in Logan County, West Virginia and the Oak Grove mine and Concord Prep Plant in Jefferson County, Alabama. Cliffs’ North American Coal operations employ more than 1,600 and have a combined local annual economic impact of $500 million.