Photos taken from "The Powhatan Story - Provided by The NAC Reunion Committee Archives".
Murray Energy Corporation began in 1988 with the purchase of a single continuous miner operation having an annual output of One Million Tons per year. With a loan guaranteed by the mine’s major customer plus a personal loan, entrepreneur, visionary, and industry strategist, Robert E. Murray, along with his wife, Brenda, “..mortgaged everything but my small pension” to introduce mining to the Ohio Valley region, the mining industry, and his vision, Murray Energy Corporation.
Through the implementation of current corporate strategies, and the employment of longwall mining technology, and personally guided under the direct leadership of CEO Robert E. Murray, today, Murray Energy Corporation owns or controls substantial recoverable coal reserves.
Murray purchased reserves that were strategically located near customers, near favorable transportation, and high in BTU/lb content. As power plant air scrubbers become more widely utilized throughout the United States, allowing plants to burn the hot (12,000+ BTU), high-sulfur coal located in Northern Appalachia and the Illinois Basin, Murray realized the potential value of these high sulfur reserves.
Mr. Murray observed low-sulfur coal being transported thousands of miles from the Powder River Basin to meet the country’s growing demand for electricity. In his view, that was not a viable long-term solution for the following reasons:
In addition to the strategy of acquiring high sulfur reserves, Murray Energy Corporation strives to be the low-cost producer in every coal-sourcing region of the United States. Following this strategy, Murray Energy Corporation acquired reserves and expanded its operations in Southern Ohio, in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Illinois Basin (Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois), and most recently acquired reserves and operations in Central Utah.
Today, Murray Energy Corporation produces approximately 30 million tons of high quality bituminous coal per year, and employs 3,000 people in some of the most economic depressed regions in the United States.
In addition to the mining operations, Murray Energy Corporation has other businesses, including river, truck, and rail terminals on the Ohio River, a rail loadout facility in Central Utah, and a diesel and mining equipment rebuild facility in West Virginia. Murray Energy Corporation also has its own training instructors for safety and mining processes, and constantly strives to improve safety, efficiency, and productivity in the underground operations.
Today, Murray Energy Corporation utilizes its 3,000 employees to focus on safety, productivity increases, business development and corporate growth, in an effort to help supply low-cost electricity to power the growing economy of the United States.