Last updated: August 28. 2014 9:11AM - 6625 Views
Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

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Cliff’s Natural Resources (CNR) is making some bold decisions in the midst of what many are calling the ongoing war on coal. With EPA regulations becoming more strenuous and many local mines having to idle or layoff hundreds of workers, the coal industry has not seemed to have much luck over the past year.

Tuesday, August 26, Cliffs announced they have been authorized to invest in their own company by purchasing stocks. The company has also recently hired a new chairman, president and CEO, Lourenco Goncalves.

Many have speculated that Cliff’s will be turning away from coal in the near future. Goncalves himself in a recent press release said, “The implementation of our new strategy centered on the US iron ore business has successfully started.”

But, on the heels of these announcements, local miners in southern West Virginia have received a glimpse of hope from the coal industry that they have not seen in a while: Cliff’s is hiring.

According to the CNR website, they currently have eight open positions in the local area: four in Man and four in Pineville.

Job openings in Man include:

• Mobile Equipment Operator at Toney’s Fork — an Hourly position.

• Section Foreman at Powellton Mine — a Salary position.

• Underground Surveyor — to eliminate contractor labor.

• Experienced Underground Coal Miner — an Hourly position.

Job openings in Pineville include:

• Maintenance Foreman (five years’ experience) — an Hourly position

• Mine Section Foreman (five years’ experience) — an Hourly position

• Experienced Underground Mine Electrician (one year experience and electrician certification) — an Hourly position

• Experienced Underground Coal Miner (six months’ experience) — an Hourly position

Job fairs for these jobs will be held today, August 28, in Logan and Wyoming counties. A Job Fair at the Pinnacle Training Center in Rockview, which is 4 miles north of Pineville on Route 10, will last from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m., and a Job Fair at the Chief Logan Convention Center outside of Logan on US 119 will last from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. All candidates must have the required West Virginia and/or Federal certifications.

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