Letcher County, Ky. —American Resources Corporation a supplier of raw materials to the rapidly growing global infrastructure marketplace, announced today the expansion of its wholly-owned subsidiary, American Metals LLC (“American Metals”) and the selection of its currently owned Deane Mining facility in Letcher County, Kentucky as its initial rail load out and logistics location for processed metals.
American Metals is expanding the Company’s current metal recovery business and will aggregate, process, and transport used steel to be recycled and sold to traditional and electric arc furnace steel production facilities. The Company is committed to maximizing the value in everything it does and will utilize the existing infrastructure at its Deane Mining facility which provides excellent access and capabilities, including logistics, a skilled workforce, and the ability to haul and aggregate metal from a wide range of locations.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to leverage the existing capabilities of our already owned assets to efficiently expand our business and solidify our position as a leading supplier of raw materials to the growing global infrastructure market,” stated Tom Sauve, President of American Resources. “Along with a growing revenue line for the Company and diversifying our business, American Metals helps us to achieve two other important corporate initiatives, 1) bettering the environment and 2) expanding our services that we can offer our customer base. A primary source of used steel recovery will come from decommissioned thermal coal mining operations in the region and will assist in land reclamation efforts.”
American Resources is keen on efficiently and effectively utilizing all asset bases to supply customers in the steel industry with raw materials to manufacture steel products in the most sustainable way while focusing on building out its full suite of infrastructure-related business lines. The Company is slightly refining the staging and processing area at Deane Mining to accommodate greater volumes of metal and is currently working to expand and / or relocate its fleet of equipment to be used in the processing and loading process. The Company is also putting in place all necessary procedures and approvals needed with CSX Transportation to bring this site into operation in short order.
Mr. Sauve continued, “The selection of our Deane Mining facility to be the initial location of American Metals was a no-brainer for us. Deane Mining is centrally located to large sources of used steel, including many decommissioned thermal coal mining operations, and has access to our first-class rail facility which will streamline logistics. We also have access to a large, skilled workforce in the area who have been displaced by the decline in the thermal coal industry. We applaud our team and their ability to adapt to a rapidly changing industry, and we believe it sets us apart from our peers. Lastly, we are truly excited about using this location to clean up the environment while also creating good jobs for the local community.”