“Today’s transaction is transformational for Alpha Natural Resources, the Central Appalachian region and the U.S. coal industry. Alpha is now a global industry leader. This combination significantly enhances Alpha’s industry position through the inclusion of complementary mining assets and a combined workforce that is 14,000 people strong,” said Kevin Crutchfield, CEO, Alpha Natural Resources. “We will immediately begin building upon our history of successful integrations, including implementing Alpha’s unique employee-driven Running Right philosophy of safety and environmental stewardship across the businesses.”