Kenny Murray, vice president of operations for Alliance, echoed praise for the Excel team. “Each and every miner at Excel should be proud of their individual contribution toward achieving this remarkable milestone,” said Murray. “These dedicated miners have championed the safety process and have developed a culture of safety in the workplace. They are true leaders in the field of coal miners’ health and safety.”

Excel Mining operates Mine No. 3, which is part of the MC Mining complex located in Pike County, Ky. The mining operation employees approximately 230 underground miners. Excel Mining produces and sells approximately 1.5 million tons of steam coal annually.