U.S. bituminous coal operator Bowie Resource Partners moved its corporate headquarters from Grand Junction, Colorado, to Sandy, Utah, and has changed its name to Wolverine Fuels LLC. Wolverine will continue to operate the Sufco, Skyline and Dugout Canyon mines in Utah and the idled Bowie No. 2 mine in Colorado, and will also maintain a small regional office in Grand Junction.
“We are primarily a Utah company, employing Utah citizens and supplying coal to Utah power plants, so it only makes sense that we have our headquarters in Utah,” said James Grech, Wolverine’s CEO, who was recently appointed in July. “This move will allow the executive team to be closer to our mines, our workforce and our customers,” Grech said. “I want to thank everyone in Utah who encouraged and assisted us with this relocation, especially Governor Herbert’s office and Sen. David Hinkins.”
“The Utah economy benefits from low cost, sustainable electricity, generated by its many diverse resources, including the coal-fired power plants located in the state,” said Laura Nelson, the governor’s energy advisor and executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development. “The Wolverine mines are key suppliers to those plants, providing jobs and energy security locally, regionally and globally.”
Sen. Hinkins added, “The Wolverine mines have an enormous economic impact in Emery, Carbon, Sevier and Sanpete counties, and I was honored to assist Jim Grech and his team with the move.”
“In conjunction with the recent management changes and recapitalization of the company, we wanted to offer our employees a fresh start and new identity with the name change,” Grech said. “Our workforce is tough and resilient, very much like a wolverine, so we think our new namesake will resonate very well with our employees and the communities in which we operate.”