Major coal producer Arch Coal announced Thursday that it will lay off nearly 600 Kentucky miners in several counties. Additionally, 150 will be laid off from a mine in West Virginia, the Lexington Herald Leader reports.
The St. Louis-based company announced it would idle several operations and reduce production at others in Appalachia “due to the unprecedented downturn for coal-based electricity,” the paper reports.
The actions will result in a total job loss of 750 full-time positions, with about 79 percent of the jobs in Kentucky, 19 percent in West Virginia, and the rest in Virginia, the paper reports.
A plant in northeastern Kentucky that provides electrical and mechanical systems for manufacturing plants will be shuttered in the next 18 months.
Emerson Industrial Automation spokesman Rob Amberg told The Ledger Independent that employees at the Power Transmissions Solutions facility were told on Wednesday that layoffs would hit the plant.
The shutdown of the plant marks the second announced closure of a Maysville facility by Emerson Industrial Automation.
Lexmark International, Inc. has been awarded a five-year (one base year and four one-year options) contract valued at $21 million that will make it the sole provider of printing technology for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Lexmark will bring greater efficiency, user productivity and cost reductions to more than 900 FAA locations across the U.S. Additional agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation also can take advantage of the contract to access Lexmark’s products and solutions for output infrastructures.
The Louisville Arena Authority has chosen a Los Angeles company to replace the Kentucky State Fair Board as operator of the KFC Yum! Center, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.
A three-person committee selected AEG last week and expects to begin “serious negotiations” next week, authority member Dan Ulmer said Friday.
No contract has been signed, the paper says.