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Bluefield Coal Show a Huge Success

Ending on Friday afternoon, the Bluefield Coal Show, this year with 197 exhibitors, including 40 new ones, was hailed a huge success! The thousands of attendees were excited to be at the show and generally optimistic about the future of the coal industry, despite the challenges faced, as they converged on Bluefield in three days of beautiful sunshine.

“I am very happy with the show,” said Bob Ramsey, General Chairman of the show and President of Peters Equipment and Ramsey Industrial, both family owned companies. “The breakfast meeting was excellent and it was great to have Jimmy Brock, President and CEO, CONSOL Energy, in town to give us an optimistic view of coal. That really ramped up the start of the show.”   

Bob Ramsey
 

“It’s a great pleasure to welcome everyone to the Bluefield Coal Show and the first day is always an exciting one,” said Bill Reid, Chair of the Media and Exhibitor Appreciation Breakfast. “We are expecting thousands to attend, but there is one important person missing,” Reid said, and asked everyone to bow their heads in a moment of silence in appreciation of the show’s founder and long-time chairman, Charlie Peters, ‘Mr. Coal Show’, who passed away in May last year. 

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Show Featured Live Television Interviews

For the first time, and building on its exceptional offerings for exhibitors, the Chamber of the Two Virginias provided the additional service of live television interviews. These were designed to showcase products and services while at the same time brightening up the show and providing a new focal point. The interviews took place on the opening day on Wednesday September 11, 2019 at selected exhibitors’ booths to provide additional exposure for exhibitors, while at the same time helping the Chamber promote the coal industry.

“We couldn’t be happier that we added the live interviews, which were a new addition to the show, and Bill, thank you for helping us with that,” said Bob Ramsey, General Chairman of the show. “We heard from some of our top exhibitors and it was most interesting to learn about the products and services they supply as well as to hear of the optimism in the industry despite some of the challenges which it faces.”

Bob Ramsey, Chair, Bluefield Coal Show
Kyle Hurt, Executive Committee, Chair of Entertainment Committee

“The interviews were streamed live on all the Chamber social media platforms and then streamed recorded over the three days of the show,” explained Bill Reid, Managing Editor, CoalZoom.com and Coalminerexchange.com, who conducted the interviews. “The interviews were also projected on a large screen located inside the armory where exhibitors and attendees could listen and watch them as they appeared.”

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Company Gets Permit to Build Coal-to-Liquid Facility in West Virginia; More Than 250 Jobs Expected

A company now has the construction permit to build a "state-of-the-art" coal-to-liquids facility in Mason County, creating more than 250 jobs.

According to a news release from Domestic Synthetic Fuels, the company received a permit from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to build the facility near Point Pleasant.

DSF officials said it will take thousands of workers to build the facility. After construction, the plant will create 130 jobs on-site and 130 coal- mining jobs to supply the raw materials.

"This will have a tremendous economic impact on our county," said John Musgrave, executive director of the Mason County Economic Development Authority. "This will bring jobs and growth to Mason County and the surrounding region."

The facility will turn West Virginia coal and natural gas into ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, aviation fuel, gasoline, and other products.

DSF is a West Virginia-based company. The plant will be the first of its kind in the United States.

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New General Chair Pleased With Bluefield Coal Show

The 2019 Bluefield Coal Show ended Friday afternoon, and by all accounts it was a huge success.
With almost 200 vendors from around the country and thousands of people coming and going at the Brushfork Armory, attendees and organizers were enthusiastic about the show and expressed optimism for the future of the coal industry.

Robert “Bob” Ramsey, owner of Peters Equipment and Ramsey Industrials, served as general chair of the show, replacing the longtime chair and founder of the show, Charlie Peters, who passed away in May 2018.

Peters was honored throughout the show, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias, and Ramsey said recently he knew it would be a tall task to follow his mentor, who provided leadership as well as an inspiration on giving back to the community.

But he jumped in with both feet, and is pleased to see a legacy continue.

“I am very happy with the show,” Ramsey said Friday. “The breakfast meeting was excellent and it was great to have Jimmy Brock (president and CEO of CONSOL Energy and guest speaker at the breakfast) in town. That really ramped up the start of the show.”

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Illinois Coal Association: Coal Plants Show Strength

The Illinois coal mining industry is not showing any signs of slowing down, according to the Illinois Coal Association.

Phil Gonet, president of the Illinois Coal Association, told the Prairie State Wire on September 13 that he is slightly concerned about the coal industry as a whole due to recent events but he is not concerned for the association's coal mining plants.

“The reason for that is that 85 percent of the state’s coal mined at our three plants goes out of state or out of the country,” he said. “We export out from the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.”

Gonet was reacting to the recent announcement that Vistra Energy of Texas will shut down four plants in Canton, Coffeen, Havana and Hennepin, with about 300 workers losing their jobs.

“Those plants don’t burn Illinois coal,” he said. “They burn coal from other states.”

Vistra has four other plants in the state – Baldwin, Bartonville, Joppa and Newton – that will remain open. The Texas company has hinted it might close all eight Illinois power plants it acquired in a merger with Dynegy because they constantly struggle to compete in energy markets, according to a recent Chicago Tribune article.

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