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E M I ARMSTRONG COAL SUMMER 2012 Kentucky King Coal has lost some market share to natural gas and other resources, but Armstrong Coal sees plenty of opportunities on the horizon. • Madisonville, Ky. “Western Kentucky is my home. I had a great time helping put this together and building a new company here.” // KENNETH E. ALLEN, executive vice president of operations Armstrong Coal custom blends its coal from various seams for its diverse client base.. [ BY BRIAN SALGADO ] Although the United States is attempting to cut back on its coal consumption, the fact remains that coal still accounts for approximately 40 percent of electricity generation in this country, PROFILE Armstrong Coal. Headquarters: Madisonville, Ky. | Employees: 898 Specialty: Coal mining according to Kenneth E. Allen, executive vice president of operations for Armstrong Coal. Combined with the exponential growth of the export market in the last four to five years, coal is still a hot commodity. “The market is changing, of course – natural gas is very cheap, and it is putting a lot of pressure on coal markets and coal utilities,” Allen says. “There’s pressure from the EPA and the current administration, as well, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before.” In fact, Allen has seen it all over the course of his career in the coal mining industry. After spending 40 years with Peabody, Allen retired in 2007 to join Armstrong Coal. Allen says he spent several years traveling for his career, so the opportunity to work in his home region of western Kentucky was too good to pass up. “I retired one day and started working 246

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Energy & Mining International - Summer 2012
Wind Financing
Latin American Energy
Mining Developments
Wabash Mfg. Inc.
Mega Precious Metals
Iron Ore Company of Canada
Rainy River Resources Ltd.
Canada Energy
Gear Energy
Manitok Energy Inc.
Chieftain Metals
IC Potash
Nyrstar Langlois Mine
Phoenix Technology Services Inc.
Waycon Manufacturing Ltd.
Tuscany International Drilling
Latin America Focus
Canacol Energy
Orosur Mining
Lithium One Inc.
Cabo Drilling (Panama) Corp.
Continental Gold Ltd.
Guyana Oil Co. Ltd.
Batero Gold Corp.
The Williston Basin
Primary Petroleum
Sanjel Corp.
Summit Energy Services
Kengor Metals LLC
Stone Energy
Holloway Pipe
McFarren Group – Appalachian Transload Services
Trumbull Corp.
De-Cal Mechanical
Buck’s Fabricating
ITI Trailers & Truck Bodies
Hamilton Machine/ ValTek Industries
Rodenberg Diversified LLC
Mazzella Lifting Technologies
Independence Excavating
Magna-Solutions LLC
Blackhawk Specialty Tools LLC
MinExpo 2012
Rail-Veyor Technologies
STW Technic
RAM Enterprise
Miner Elastomer Products Corp.
McElroy Manufacturing
REICHdrill Inc.
Gunnebo Johnson Corp.
The Timken Co.
K/M Specialty Pumps & Systems Inc.
Schroeder Industries
The Reinforced Earth Co.
Geoprobe Systems®
Sumitomo Pogo Mine LLC – Pogo Mine
Power Service Inc.
National Pump Co.
Peak Oilfield Service Co.
TonaTec Exploration
Xtreme Oil & Gas Inc.
White Tiger Gold
TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Lydford Mining Co.
MFM Industries Inc.
Crescent Companies
Tri State Tank
Aquila Resources
Armstrong Coal
EnerJex Resources Inc.
Sanchez Energy Corp.
Chatham Steel Corp.
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