The event will take place during the Coal Prep International Exhibition and Conference 2013 from April 29-May 2 in Lexington to promote networking and discussion of issues facing the coal industry among lobbyists, producers, manufacturers and service providers. Education, policy, regulations and the industry’s future will be highlighted. A centerpiece will be a CEO Power Panel discussion, Where Does U.S. Coal Go from Here? Speakers will include Steve Wunning, CEO Mining Division, Caterpillar and Ben Hatfield, president and CEO, Patriot Coal Co.

Now in its 30th year, Coal Prep is the only annual trade show and conference in the U.S. devoted to coal preparation and processing; industry professionals worldwide come to share ideas and effective techniques on coal preparation and plant technologies. For more information, visit

The Kentucky Coal Association advocates for the coal industry to enhance the ability of the Kentucky coal to compete in domestic and world markets. KCA represents companies educating Kentucky residents on energy in general and coal in particular. For more information, visit