Alpha Natural Resources Continues Support for VT Mining & Minerals Engineering

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Alpha Natural Resources CEO Kevin Crutchfield (left) and President Kurt Kost (right)
present professor and assistant department head Dr. Jerry Luttrell
with a check for $75,000 prior to the VT-Clemson home football game on October 1, 2011.

Alpha Natural Resources continued its support for Virginia Tech’s Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering by presenting the department with a check for $75,000. This is the second installment on a pledge of $150,000 made last year by the nation’s third largest coal producer.

Alpha Natural Resources CEO Kevin Crutchfield and President Kurt Kost presented the check to Dr. Jerry Luttrell, assistant department head and professor, during the Alpha Tailgate prior to the VT-Clemson football game on October 1.

Alpha’s pledge reflects the close relationship between the Abingdon, Va.-based coal company and Virginia Tech’s mining engineers. According to Crutchfield, “Virginia Tech graduates have what it takes to be smart, capable and energetic employees.” In the past five years, Alpha Natural Resources has hired more of Virginia Tech’s Mining and Minerals Engineering graduates for permanent and summer internship positions than any other coal company, making it affectionately known as the “Hokie Coal Company.”

“Alpha routinely hires our graduates, provides valuable work experience for our summer interns, and helps support our research,” noted Dr. Greg Adel, Mining and Minerals Engineering department head and professor. “In turn, we provide high-quality engineers to support their business, short-courses to train their work force, and research solutions for their technical problems.  Alpha’s donation is invaluable in helping us sustain a high-quality program."

Alpha Natural Resources is one of America's premier coal suppliers with affiliate coal production capacity of more than 90 million tons a year.  Alpha is the nation's leading supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal used in the steel-making process and is a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries across the country.  Alpha and its affiliates employ approximately 6,400 people and operate more than 60 mines and 14 coal preparation facilities in
the regions of Northern and Central Appalachia and the Powder River Basin.

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Dr. Jerry Luttrell and students from Virginia Tech’s Mining & Minerals Engineering department stand with
members of Alpha Natural Resources during Alpha’s VT-Clemson Tailgate.

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