CALHOUN, Ky. (WFIE) - Employees at the Pennyrile Energy Riveredge coal mine received a 60 day WARN notice Tuesday morning.
According to the notice, operations at the mine, located near Calhoun, will cease as the result of the sale of the mine and other facilities to Alliance Resource Partners.
For McLean County Judge Executive Edward West, it came as a surprise that one of the county’s only coal mines would close.
The judge executive visited the mine after he had heard the news. He told 14 News that mine leaders were having staff meetings to tell workers.
The WARN notice said: “We regret to inform you that Pennyrile will cease operations.” It goes on to say the mine will maintain the workforce until November 1.
“This comes at a devastating time of the year, obviously for our workers and their families," West said. "And, I pray for them. Also, for McLean County. The Coal Severance Funds has been a real shot in the arm for us, and it’s kept us going through some tough times. But right now, we’re worried more about the workers.”
The notice said all of the terminations are expected to be permanent.
West said he hopes they can find the workers someplace where they can relocate
The terminations will begin around November 1.
14 News reached out to Alliance Resource Partners about the sale and their plans for the mine. We haven’t heard back.