Southern Coal Corporation Announces Call Backs And Hiring Of Miners In Virginia, West Virginia And Kentucky

    Southern Coal Corporation Announces Call Backs And Hiring Of Miners In
                     Virginia, West Virginia And Kentucky

PR Newswire

ROANOKE, Va., Nov. 27, 2012

ROANOKE, Va., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Southern Coal Corporation
announces massive call backs and hiring of miners in Southwest Virginia,
Southern West Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky. The company has worked over the
last month with several customers to secure coal orders to be able to save
jobs as well as reopen mines closed earlier this year. Southern Coal has
entered into a multi year agreement with one of the nation's largest utility
providers, American Electric Power. Jim and Jay Justice, owners of Southern
Coal, have been in constant negotiation with officials of AEP to be able to
save jobs and restart the mines.

Nicholas K. Akins, President and CEO of American Electric Power, stated: "AEP
is pleased to play a role in supporting economic development in Southwest
Virginia, Southern West Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky. We believe that it is
important to maintain a diversified fuel mix for power generation, and that
coal needs to continue to be part of that mix. This project will not only
provide a secure source of reasonably priced fuel for our power plants, but it
also will help fuel economic growth throughout Southwest Virginia, Southern
West Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky."

All the employees and vendors of Southern Coal offer a special thanks to
American Electric Power, Norfolk Southern, Governor Bob McDonnell, Governor of
Virginia, Governor Steve Beshear, Governor of Kentucky, and Governor Earl Ray
Tomblin, Governor of West Virginia. The Governors of these great states have
the following comments:

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell: "I want to thank the Southern Coal
Corporation, AEP and Jim and Jay Justice for their proactive work to save jobs
and support a critically important Virginia industry. This effort will save
500 miners jobs, and another 650 new miners will be hired as well. That is
great news for those miners, their families, and our Commonwealth, as well as
our neighboring states of West Virginia and Kentucky. Coal is an important
part of our 'all of the above' domestic energy strategy. The coal industry
powers our economy, and it provides good-paying jobs for our citizens. Again,
I want to thank Southern Coal Corporation, Jim and Jay Justice, American
Electric Power, and every individual involved in this great example of
cooperation in pursuit of job creation. This is a positive moment for
Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and our nation's economy."

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear: "Today's announcement is a victory for the
hard working men and women and their families in the coal counties of
Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. The number of jobs saved and created by
this multi-year agreement will benefit our region for generations to come. I'm
proud to have worked with all the parties involved who stepped up and made
this project a reality for so many. We wouldn't be here today without the
commitment of American Electric Power and its ongoing support of the coal
industry and economic development growth. The same holds true for the diligent
and active role Southern Coal Corporation and owners Jim and Jay Justice have
shown throughout this process. The coal industry is important to us all, which
is why I applaud this partnership and its economic impact to Kentucky and our
neighboring states."

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin: "This announcement is wonderful news
to the entire Mountain State, said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "America is the
greatest nation the world has ever known, and that nation runs on coal. The
commitment from the Justice Family, Southern Coal and AEP not only mean 1,700
jobs for our region-but it also will have a tremendous impact on continued
economic growth in the surrounding tri-state communities. I appreciate so very
much the hard work Jim and Jay Justice did to make this a reality."

American Electric Power, the Governors and the Justices have worked tirelessly
to put these families back to work. Southern Coal said that 650 new miners
will be hired over the coming weeks, and an additional 500 miners jobs will be
saved. Jim and Jay Justice said in a statement: "We are so happy to be able to
save the jobs, and hire the 650 new miners, especially at this time of the
year. We hope this will make the holidays a little better for those effected.
Southern Coal is privately owed by the Justice Family."

Based in Roanoke, Virginia, Southern Coal will employ more than 1,700 people
directly, and produce 9 million tons in 2013 from mines in Virginia, Kentucky,
West Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama.

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