Coal layoffs affect nearly 200 people in Pike County

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Nearly 200 people are out of work at a Pike County coal company.

Central Appalachian Mining (CAM) in Pikeville laid off 193 people yesterday.

Officials with CAM's parent company, Rhino Resource Partners, say the layoffs are temporary.

They say many factors played a role including the mild winter and warm spring which caused less of a demand for coal, so they have not been selling as much as usual to utility companies.

"We're not in the business of mining coal for it to sit in the stockpile. We mine it to sell it to utilities and fuel producers," said Joe Miller, Rhino Resources General Counsel.

Officials are not sure when the employees can come back to work.

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