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West Virginia coal company expects 280 layoffs

CHARLESTON (AP) — A coal company has announced plans to lay off 280 workers at mines in southern West Virginia.

Coal River Mining and Coal River Processing filed a 60-day layoff notice Tuesday for five mines. Four mines would be idled, while one has already been idled.

The facilities are in Alum Creek and Julian.

Plant, administrative, warehouse and support personnel also would face layoffs.

The layoffs are expected sometime in October.

In Tuesday’s notice, Coal River managing member Jim Bunn II attributed the layoffs to adverse market conditions.

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