MAN, W.Va. -- Patriot Coal Corp. says it plans to idle a mine complex in Southern West Virginia that employs about 250 workers.
St. Louis-based Patriot said in a news release it gave the workers a 60-day notice Tuesday. The company expects to offer jobs at other operations to about 50 workers.
The complex near Man includes the Guyan surface mine and the Fanco preparation plant and rail loadout.
Patriot President and CEO Bennett K. Hatfield attributed the decision to a decline in prices for thermal coal used to generate electricity.United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts said Patriot's decision is disappointing but not unexpected.