Mine lays off Ohio workers

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Murray Energy Corp. of Pepper Pike, Ohio, announced the closure of a subsidiary mining operation in eastern Ohio on Tuesday.

The OhioAmerican Energy Inc. will close operations based in Jefferson County, Ohio, and is the second Murray Energy subsidiary this month to announce a downsizing. The mine employed nearly 240 workers, 32 of whom will be relocated to another Murray operation.

OhioAmerican was founded in 2007 by Robert E. Murray, and operations were intended to last for at least 10 years, the company said. Murray Energy announced layoffs at a different Ohio mining operation earlier this month.

As with the first announcement, this latest one also blames changes on regulations enforced by the Obama administration. "There will be additional layoffs, not only at Murray Energy, but also throughout the United States coal industry due to Mr. Obama's 'War on Coal' and the destruction that it has caused to so many jobs and families in the Ohio Valley area and elsewhere," said Mr. Murray.


Erich Schwartzel: eschwartzel@post-gazette.com or412-263-1455.


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