Coal processing company announces Mason County location

A company that processes coal has announced its plans to locate in Mason County, potentially bringing about 500 jobs.

Frontieras North America announced its plans today. The company says it plans to complete construction by the end of 2023, processing more than 2.7 million tons of coal a year.

The company’s coal processing system is called FASForm. Frontieras says that system is cleaner and more efficient than simply burning the coal.

The company said it looked at Texas, Wyoming and West Virginia before selecting the Mason County site.

Matthew McKean

Frontieras, in its announcement, noted that national steel manufacturer Nucor earlier this year chose Mason County as the site of its new steel mill. Frontieras said the Nucor location will complement its presence in the area.

“We are excited to bring Frontieras to the forefront of the energy market and engage with the great people of Mason County,” stated Matthew McKean, chief executive and co-founder of Frontieras.

“Frontieras’ selection of its West Virginia site allows us to receive and ship products across the globe. Our interactions with state officials to the local business community have provided insight into the positive working relationship that we expect as we break ground, bring the FASForm Plant online and employ citizens of West Virginia.”

Gov. Jim Justice

Gov. Jim Justice said he was thrilled by the company’s announcement.

“OK, I’ve got another big announcement for you. So buckle up; here it comes,” the governor said during a briefing today, alluding to the Frontieras plans.

“Absolutely, we want to be an energy powerhouse. We thank Frontieras North America.”

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