Hundreds Seek Jobs at Southern Indiana Coal Mines

By Nina Settappa

Hundreds Seek Jobs at Southern Indiana Coal Mines

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 4, 2009 at 8:37 AM EDT

SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) - About 600 people turned out at a job fair in southern Indiana to submit applications for around 200 coal mining jobs.

The job fair in Sullivan on Tuesday was the second in less than two weeks. Mine company officials say a job fair in Vincennes last week drew more than 1,100 applicants.

Black Panther Mining and Five Star Mining plan to open two underground coal mines near Oaktown, about 30 miles south of Terre
Haute, by the end of next year.

Black Panther Mining project engineer Brad Rigsby called the response to the job fair "amazing." He says they are seeking people with a "solid work ethic."

The mining jobs will pay $21 an hour, plus benefits.

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