Warrior Met Coal opens new $19 million Brookwood portal, hires 1000

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Joined by Gov. Kay Ivey, Warrior Met Coal opened its new $19 million No. 7 Mine North portal facility in Brookwood, Ala. on Wednesday.

The 33k square foot portal, which eliminates 5.1 miles of travel underground each way for miners, is intended to provide a new gateway for miners to enter the northern sections of the mine adding to both the safety and productivity of their employees.

“Today reflects a commitment to not only grow a business, but to grow a community and a state as well,” Ivey said according to the Tuscaloosa News. “That’s real commitment and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

The portal is now being worked by 350 hourly miners and 150 salaried employees.

“We’ve been ramping up the facilities as quickly as possible. We’ve hired over a 1,000 people in the last 18 months,” Warrior Met Coal CEO Walter Scheller said.

According to WBRC the company plans on hiring more as they work to get the No. 4 and No. 7 mines back to their full production capacity.