Alpha Confirms 37 Layoffs at Local Mines

(Gillette, Wyo.) Alpha Natural Resources, which filed for bankruptcy in August, confirmed today that they are laying off 37 employees between Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines. The company reports that this is approximately 7% of their workforce, and is being done in an effort to match personnel to production. They cited similar reasons for other companies' recent layoffs: oversupply of coal in the marketplace, lingering stockpiles at customer utilities, the mild winter weather, historically low natural gas prices and excessive government regulation. Alpha insists that it's imperative to match work force size to production in order to remain competitive, though it's something they regret having to do. The company has delayed layoffs for this long through better managing overtime. #county17 #news #dally