Western Pennsylvania is about to reap almost 600 open jobs at the opening of a new coal mine, per The Daily Caller.
The opening of the Acosta Deep coal mine apparently signals a slight shift for the coal industry.
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The Acosta Deep coal mine will create 70 to 100 direct full-time jobs and another 500 indirect jobs, according to Corsa Coal, the company building the mine. The site is expected to produce 400,000 tons of coal a year, mostly for U.S. and Chinese steel companies.
“The opening of the Acosta Deep Mine marks a return to coal industry job creation in Somerset County, Pennsylvania,” Corsa Coal officials said in a statement. “Metallurgical prices have risen to record levels on the strength of strong steel demand and supply scarcity.”
Coking coal prices are soaring in recent months after Australia and China invoked policies to curb production.
Trump’s presidency has already begun to boost the industry, following 8 years of federal regulation by the Obama administration that significantly shrunk the job market.