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Temporary Layoffs at Blaschak Coal

Slower than expected coal sales are to blame for a temporary layoff of workers at Blaschak Coal Corporation. According to an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, the layoff affects workers at the company’s three mining operations in Centralia, Primrose, and Lattimer.

Blaschak’s president and chief executive officer is quoted in the article as saying, “What we have done is suspend our mining operations for three weeks, with everyone back at work on Dec. 3. This went into effect on Nov. 12.”

Although the company has had a strong mining year so far, slower coal sales have left them with an increased amount of coal mined until they can reduce their inventory of coal.

But Driscoll noted, “We’re moving the coal as fast and aggressively as we can and we are absolutely certain of the guys coming back on Dec. 3.”