James River Coal Co. http://wfpl.org en James River Shuts Down Coal Operations in Kentucky; 525 Employees Laid Off http://wfpl.org/post/james-river-shuts-down-coal-operations-kentucky-525-employees-laid <p>RICHMOND, Va. — James River Coal Co. is laying off 525 full-time employees and shutting down production at several mines in eastern Kentucky due to continued weak coal markets.</p><p>The Richmond-based company said Monday night the layoffs occurred at operations at the McCoy Elkhorn complex in Pike and Floyd counties, the Bledsoe complex in Leslie and Harlan counties, and the Long Branch Surface mine in London, Ky.</p><p>James River says the restart of the operations is subject to market conditions.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:15:05 +0000 Associated Press 6869 at http://wfpl.org James River Shuts Down Coal Operations in Kentucky; 525 Employees Laid Off