Buckskin Mine Sees Second Round of Layoffs

(Gillette, Wyo.) Kiewit Corp., the Omaha, Nebraska company that owns Buckskin Mine, eliminated 45 jobs here on Tuesday, according to company spokesperson Tom Janssen. "We don't take this decision lightly and it doesn't reflect the quality of our employees," Janssen explained. "Unfortunately, the coal market remains extremely challenging. Low natural gas prices, low overall power demand and high coal stockpiles at utility power plants has significantly reduced our customers' 2016 coal needs." This is the second round of layoffs at Buckskin this year. The company cut 38 jobs in March, along with the hundreds of others in the Powder River Basin area. "In spite of these challenges, we remain focused on safely and effectively managing the mine and serving our clients," Janssen continued. "We are working with impacted employees on unemployment and insurance programs." #county17 #bootstrapped #news