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JUL-AUG 2017

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10 www.coalage.com July/August 2017 news continued Peabody Energy, meanwhile, has been issued a state permit for its High Point surface mine reserve in Warrick County, Indi- ana. A state permitting official said she is waiting for Peabody to proceed now that it has the permit. Also in Indiana, the Division of Reclamation was expected to issue a renewal permit soon — perhaps this summer — for Sun- rise Coal's Ace in the Hole surface mine in Clay County. Sunrise, a subsidiary of Terre Haute, Indiana-based Hallador Energy, blends lower-sulfur coal from Ace with higher-sulfur coal from its two Oaktown underground mines in Knox County, Indiana, to meet the coal quality requirements of some customers, particularly electric utilities in Florida. Across the Wabash River in southeastern Illinois, Sunrise has submitted a permit application to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Office of Mines and Minerals for 187,611.4 shadow acres that essentially would comprise a new mine, Oaktown-Russellville, even though it would be contiguous to Oaktown. The Oaktown Nos. 1 and 2 mines currently produce in excess of 5 million tons of coal annually. Sunrise also continues to pur- sue an Illinois state permit for the proposed Bulldog underground mine in Vermilion County. In western Kentucky, Paringa Resources Ltd. was prepar- ing in July to start construction on its new Poplar Grove under- ground mine near the Green River in McLean County. The Aus- tralian-based company expects initial production in July 2018, when it is to begin shipping coal to Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities under a multiyear agreement. Paringa Resources Ltd. appointed U.S.-based banking and coal executive, Grant Quasha, as managing direc- tor and CEO. Todd Hannigan will move to deputy chair- man. Tom Todd will move to a nonexecutive director role and Taso Arima will step down from his nonexecutive director position. Previously, Quasha was the chief commercial officer of Bowie Resource Partners. Norwest Corp. appointed Greg Gillian as president of U.S. operations. Since joining Norwest in 2005, he has held numerous technical and program management roles in client and partner offices as well as in Nor- west's regional and Canadian offices. He most recently held the position of vice president responsible for per- formance of Norwest's Processing and Industrial Min- erals business units while managing projects in coal, oil sands, metals and industrial and agri-minerals. CAT announced Doug Hoerr, vice president of the Material Handling and Underground Division (MH&U), has elected to retire from the compa- ny. His retirement is effective August 1, after 24 years with the company. Tom Bluth, who was first named a vice president in 2007 and is current- ly vice president of the Surface Mining & Technology Division (SM&T), will become Caterpillar's chief technology officer and the vice president of the Innovation & Technology Development Division (ITDD). Jean Sav- age, who was first named a Caterpillar vice president in 2014 and is currently Caterpillar's CTO and the vice president of ITDD, will become the vice president of SM&T. In 2013, Karl Weiss was named a Caterpillar vice president for the Earthmoving Division, the position he still holds today. Weiss will become the vice president of MH&U, replacing Hoerr. Caterpillar's board of directors has appointed Frederic Istas, currently aftermarket solutions global manager for Caterpillar's Global Aftermar- ket Solutions Division, to the position of vice president of the Earthmov- ing Division. Istas joined Caterpillar in 1996 as part of the Europe, Africa & Middle East (EAME) Marketing Division, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Evelyn Maki is the new vice president of marketing communications at Komatsu Mining Corp. She was previously the director of marketing communications at Joy Global. Levi D. Allen was sworn in as the United Mine Workers of Ameri- ca (UMWA) International secre- tary-treasurer, replacing Robert J. Scaramozzino. He began his coal mining career in 2007 at the McEl- roy mine (now the Marshall County mine) as a general inside labor- er. After working as a beltman, he earned his electrician's card and began working as a mechanic/electrician throughout the mine. Allen was active in Local Union 1638 from the start, and became the local's recording secretary in 2010. He was elected to the Mine Committee in 2012 and as local union president in 2014. He was hired on to the international staff in 2015. The 2016 MEI Young Person's Award was present- ed to Swadhin Saurabh, who is currently working as a project manager/senior process engineer with Millcreek Engineering Co., based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Swadhin was nominated for the award by professor Jan Miller and Dr. Raj K. Rajamani of the University of Utah. At Millcreek, he works on various mineral processing and material handling systems design, basic and detailed engineering, international business devel- opment, proposal preparation, full project execution, and commission- ing and startups of projects of various commodities such as precious metals, base metals, coal, and industrial minerals. Rusty Linn is now vice president sales at Burrell Mining Products. He was previously strategic busi- ness manager at DSI Underground. WesTech Engineering Inc. appointed Ralph Cutler as president. Cutler currently serves as WesTech's vice president of industrial products and sales. Rex Plaizier, who has been serving as both chief executive officer and president, will continue in his role as CEO. Seaport Global Securities LLC announced that Kurt Oehlberg has joined its investment banking department as managing director, mining and metals, and Chad Jennings has signed on as vice president, mining and metals. Oehlberg's career prior to joining Seaport Global includes more than 30 years of experience with firms including Rothschild Inc., Chase Securities and FBR Capital Markets. Jennings has held positions with Contura Energy, Alpha Natural Resources and FBR Capital Markets. Evelyn Maki m p e o p l e i n t h e n e w s Grant Quasha Greg Gillian Jean Savage Karl Weiss Ralph Cutler Swadhin Saurabh Levi D. Allen

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