ESKDALE, W.Va. — The Kanawha County Commission received a Worker Adjustment at Retraining Notification (WARN) for Panther Creek Mining, LLC in Eskdale on Monday, affecting dozens of mining jobs.
The commission said the WARN notice affects 78 employees of Panther Creek Mining with operations at 100 Toms Fork Road.
The layoffs are set to take place on June 4. The company states that “unforeseen business circumstances” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are the reason for the layoffs.
“This WARN notice is real example of the toll COVID-19 is taking on our communities and citizens. The Panther Creek Mining workers, and their families, depend on these jobs for their livelihood. My thoughts are with the 78 employees as they receive this devastating news,” Commissioner Ben Salango said.
Commission President Kent Carper, “While this is a terrible announcement for mining industry, the real pain will be felt by the 78 employees and hundreds of family members that these jobs supported. I am deeply saddened for these employees and their families.”
Kanawha County Commission Receives WARN Notice for Panther Creek Mining pic.twitter.com/I3bYOyJwVW
— Kanawha County (@kanawhaus) May 11, 2020