The work to get the mine into production will take about a year and represent an investment of approximately $15 million. The A Seam mine will take the place of the Kimberly Run mine, which will reach the end of its production within a year. The permit for the new mine covers 3,174 acres and is estimated to have a life expectancy of five to seven years at a production level of 2 million raw tons a year. The initial operation will employ 30 to 50 miners and in full production, a total of 150 or more will be working there. These positions will be filled mostly by miners transferred from the Kimberly Run operation. The coal from the new mine will be metallurgical coal used to make coke for the steel industry. Much of the coal will be transported by rail to the ports of Baltimore and Norfolk to be exported to steel manufacturers worldwide.