The miners will return to work at the Spring Creek mine in Montana on August 3. (Photo: NTEC)

The Navajo Transitional Energy Co. (NTEC) has announced it will rehire 73 furloughed employees. They will return to work at the Spring Creek mine in Montana on August 3, as reported by Wyoming Public Media. NTEC laid off those 73 employees on April 23, along with 57 employees at the Antelope mine due to economic conditions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We are thrilled to be in a position to bring our Spring Creek team back so soon,” Clark Moseley, the company’s CEO, said in a statement. “We are seeing a resumption of normal energy demand, along with the increased power needs for the summer season. Spring Creek is well positioned to deliver the product to meet US energy demand and aid in economic recovery.”

In May, NTEC also furloughed 93 hourly employees at the Antelope mine and laid off eight salaried employees. Those employees have not been recalled.

NTEC bought the Spring Creek mine in Montana and the Cordero Rojo and Antelope mines in Wyoming back in November 2019.