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Matrix Receives Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award



  Matrix Receives Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award

Business Wire

NEWBURGH, Ind. -- December 10, 2013

Matrix Design Group, LLC (“Matrix”) and Alpha Natural Resources (“Alpha”) were
recently presented with the Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations
Award at the Sentinels of Safety Awards Presentation in Washington, DC. This
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (“NIOSH”) award
recognizes mines and companies that have made extraordinary efforts to apply
technology in ways that will improve mine worker safety and health.

Matrix and Alpha received the 2013 Coal Award for “Next-Generation Sensors for
Atmospheric Monitoring Systems (“AMS”).” The improved air velocity, low-power
methane, and flexible-use carbon monoxide (“CO”) sensors are designed for
daily use in coal mines and improve mine safety by detecting potentially
harmful developments in a mine’s ventilation network. The sensors were
developed by Matrix for its new MX3 permissible voice and data communications
system package. The sensor bundle was designed to work with a variety of
existing AMS and CO monitoring systems and has the necessary features to allow
post-accident functionality.

“Matrix is excited to be recognized for the development of next-generation
equipment as part of this important project with Alpha,” said Matrix
President, Aric Pryor. “Our development team, working in partnership with
Alpha engineers and mine personnel, has created an innovative set of advanced
sensors that are accurate, easy to use, and work with variety of existing AMS
and CO monitoring systems. We believe these sensors will offer immediate
benefits for both mine ventilation management and miner safety at underground
mining operations.”

For more information about these advanced-technology sensors, or other Matrix
safety systems, please visit www.matrixteam.com.

About Matrix Design Group, LLC

Matrix is a designer, developer and marketer of safety and productivity
technology for use in mining and other industries. Its innovative and industry
leading products include communications and tracking systems, mine atmospheric
monitoring systems, belt control, and proximity detection systems. Matrix is a
subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (“ARLP”), a diversified
producer and marketer of coal primarily to major United States utilities and
industrial users.

About Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

ARLP is a diversified producer and marketer of coal to major United States
utilities and industrial users. ARLP, the nation's first publicly traded
master limited partnership involved in the production and marketing of coal,
is currently the third largest coal producer in the eastern United States with
mining operations in the Illinois Basin, Northern Appalachian and Central
Appalachian coal producing regions. ARLP operates eleven mining complexes in
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia. ARLP is also
constructing a new mine in southern Indiana and is purchasing and funding
development of reserves, constructing surface facilities and making equity
investments in a new mining complex in southern Illinois. In addition, ARLP
operates a coal loading terminal on the Ohio River at Mount Vernon, Indiana.

News, unit prices and additional information about ARLP, including filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at
http://www.arlp.com. For more information, contact the investor relations
department of Alliance Resource Partners at (918) 295-7674 or via e-mail at
investorrelations@arlp.com.

Contact:

Matrix Design Group, LLC
Brian Jones, 859-967-1711
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