Hazard, Ky. Toyota wants to hire laid-off coal miners for its plant in Georgetown.
"Toyota did reach out to us because the miners in our region are a proven workforce," said Jeff Whitehead, executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program. "Some of their best maintenance people come from eastern Kentucky and have been coal miners."
Darrell Couch was laid off in December. He is hoping he gets a job soon, either here or back in the mines.
"I'd really like to go back in the coal mine," he said. "But I don't really see that happening."
Whitehead said coal miners can do many things, giving them an advantage working for companies like Toyota.
"They're very versatile," he said. "And that's super-appealing to a company like Toyota,"
The meeting is part of EKCEP's job initiative called Hiring our Miners Everyday, or H.O.M.E.