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Murray Eyes St. C for HQ

60,000-square-foot facility to consolidate operations

July 2, 2011
By CASEY JUNKINS - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Murray Energy Corp. is bringing its new 60,000-square-foot headquarters to St. Clairsville to consolidate corporate operations now taking place at four separate locations.

The parent company of American Energy Corp.'s Century Mine, Ohio Valley Coal Co.'s Powhatan No. 6 mine and OhioAmerican Energy Inc.'s Red Bird West mine is moving 149 offices into a four-story structure set for construction just off National Road between Ohio 331 and the East Richland Evangelical Friends Church.

"The building will contain all of the amenities needed to provide a productive environment for Murray Energy's folks," said Joe Fraley, construction project manager, noting the structure will sit on a 16.1-acre site.

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Murray Energy Corp. — parent company of American Energy Corp.’s Century Mine, Ohio Valley Coal Co.’s Powhatan No. 6 mine and OhioAmerican Energy Inc.’s Red Bird West mine — is consolidating 149 offices in a new 60,000-square-foot headquarters to be built on this site west of St. Clairsville.

Land preparation is ongoing, with construction set to follow. The projected completion date is the end of May, with a planned move-in date of June 2012. A pavilion, small lake and all landscaping features will be included.

Robert Murray, founder and chief executive officer of Murray Energy, said, "Our companies have never had the money to construct a central office headquarters. If we had any money, we always spent it on a new piece of mining equipment or to create jobs."

The new office will house the corporation's central operating, engineering, maintenance, geologic, purchasing, accounting, information systems, environmental and sales staff.

In addition to the three local mines, Murray operates the Ohio Valley Transloading Co. in Powhatan Point; the KenAmerican Resources Inc. Paradise Mine in western Kentucky; the American Coal Co.'s New Future No. 5 and New Era mines in southern Illinois; and the UtahAmerican Energy Inc. West Ridge Mine and Wildcat Loadout in eastern Utah.

"Our central staff employees are now located at four different locations in three counties in Ohio and West Virginia, and this has become very inefficient," Murray said. "We can actually show cost savings in having our key staff members at one location, providing a payback to the company for the facility."

According to the company's website, Murray Energy produces about 30 million tons of coal per year and employs 3,000 people "in some of the most economic depressed regions in the United States."

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