“We developed our METS system to provide underground mining operations with the safety technology needed to comply with the tracking and communications requirements of the MINER Act,” said Matrix President Aric Pryor. “Our METS 2.1 systems provide operators with
both a vital safety tool in the event of a mine emergency and a valuable production tool that allows for efficient communications between surface and underground mining personnel.”

“Alliance operating companies were among the early adopters of tracking and communication safety technology in the industry,” said Joseph W. Craft III, president and CEO, ARLP. “With installation of the METS 2.1 systems now completed on all mining sections, Alliance operators are proud to be the first underground mining companies to fully install the post-accident communication and electronic tracking devices envisioned by the MINER Act.”

Matrix is an industry leader in the development of tracking and communication systems, with more than 180 systems sold. Matrix continually adds new features to METS, including post-accident atmospheric monitoring, and is also already testing the next generation of post-accident infrastructure and communications. Matrix is also a subsidiary of ARLP.