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NOV 2018

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November 2018 9 news continued are adding too much supply too soon, and could be caught flat-footed if the market goes south in the next couple of years. Al- liance Resource Partners, the largest steam coal producer in the ILB, is projecting 6-10% growth in its production next year. Only a handful of formerly idled mines are reopening in the region, he said. And because of higher export sales, "in gener- al, there has been little investment in the space. We think it will be hard for most people to ramp up production. Halla- dor made that investment and we made that investment by spending $5-6 million a year to keep Carlisle in idle status so it could return to production for us. And we think it puts us in a unique position." Larry Martin, the company's chief financial officer, said the company earned $2.9 million on revenue of $79.7 million in the third quarter, compared with net in- come of $3.9 million on revenue of $74.4 million a year ago. Through this September, cumulative earnings totaled $5 million on revenue of $203.8 million, versus earnings of $11.7 million on revenue of $202.3 mil- lion in the comparable period of 2017. LG&E/KU Expect Smaller Coal Mining Load Declines Over Next 15 years Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) plan to keep al- most all of their coal-burning power plants in commercial operation for the duration of their new 15-year integrated resource plan, submitted in October to the Ken- tucky Public Service Commission (PSC). LG&E/KU, subsidiaries of Pennsyl- vania's PPL Corp., and Kentucky largest investor-owned utilities, only intend to retire two small coal units, representing less than 300 megawatts (MW ), at the E.W. Brown power plant. Their largest baseload coal plants — Ghent, Mill Creek and Trim- ble County — are expected to keep run- ning through the period. Like Kentucky Power Co., an Ameri- can Electric Power subsidiary that serves parts of eastern Kentucky, LG&E/KU have seen their coal-mine loads decrease in re- cent years through mine closings and cur- tailments in both eastern Kentucky's Central Appalachian region and in western Kentucky, part of the high-sulfur Illinois Basin along with southern Illinois and southern Indiana. Since LG&E/KU filed their last IRP with the PSC in 2014, coal-mining loads in west- ern Kentucky fell by 215 gigawatt-hours while coal mining loads in eastern Kentucky decreased by 13 gigawatt-hours, according to the new plan that runs through 2033. While coal mine closings and lay- offs in Central Appalachia have attracted U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Brian J. Anderson will be the new director of DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). An- derson comes to NETL from West Virginia University (WVU) where he served as director of the WVU Ener- gy Institute. With Anderson's arrival, NETL's Acting Director Sean Plasynski, will transition into his new role as the lab's deputy director and chief operating officer. Anderson began his career at WVU in 2006 as an assistant pro- fessor in the department of chemical and biomedical engineering. In 2014, Anderson founded and built the WVU Energy Institute. Dr. Ander- son is the Verl O. Purdy chair of engineering at West Virginia University. He was awarded the 2012 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scien- tists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers and a 2014 Kavli National Academy of Science Frontiers of Science Fellow. He has been a NETL-RUA Faculty Fellow at the National Energy Technology Laboratory where he served as the coordinator of the International Methane Hydrate Reservoir Simula- tor Code Comparison study. James F. Wood has been appointed interim director of the West Virginia University Energy Institute, replacing Brian Anderson. Wood, a long-time ener- gy executive and leader, currently is director of the WVU-managed U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, Advanced Coal Technology Consortium, estab- lished between the U.S. and China in 2009 to focus on technologies for improving the energy efficiency of buildings, advanced coal and clean vehicles. Johnson Crushers International Inc. (JCI) is pleased to announce the promotion of Rob Killgore to compa- ny president. In his new leadership position, Killgore will be responsible for setting and achieving JCI's goals and objectives. Bridgestone Americas Inc. ap- pointed Rob Seibert executive di- rector, over the road (OTR) sales, Bridgestone Americas Tires Oper- ations (BATO). Previously, he was director of marketing, OTR, U.S. and Canada. Erica Walsh, previ- ously director of truck bus radial (TBR) original equipment (OE) tire sales, has been named executive director of sales, Firestone Ag, BATO. Tealinc Ltd., a railcar operating lessor, rail transpor- tation manager, rail transportation consultant, and railcar broker, announced Steve Christian, manager of value creation-operations, will retire after more than eight years with Tealinc. Dan Madden will take his place. Madden spent the last 28 years working as a railcar repair carmen, Association of American Railroad billing supervisor and Corporate AAR billing and estimating manager. Motion Industries hired Hal Midkiff as product sales manager, process pumps and equipment. With 27 years of experience in the process pump- ing industry, Midkiff has a wide range of know- ledge in pumps and process equipment in indust- rial, municipalities, mining, and quarries as well as food processing. Telsmith hired Don Ruppert as regional sales man- ager covering New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware as his primary focus. Rup- pert has a strong background from crushing and screening to sand manufacturing, specifically wash plants, to fines management and complete pond elimination systems. m p e o p l e i n t h e n e w s Brian J. Anderson James F. Wood Rob Killgore Rob Seibert Erica Walsh Dan Madden Hal Midkiff Don Ruppert

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