Genesis Mine set to close, 250 workers impacted

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OHIO COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT)- About 250 coal miners in Ohio County will be losing their jobs in the next few weeks. The Genesis Mine outside of Center Town will be closing.

The closing of the mine is the latest to happen across the county and the Tri-State in recent years.

Judge Executive David Johnston said the closing will cost the county up to two million dollars in coal severance and other tax revenue. Johnston said the county will start helping laid-off workers find other jobs in the county.

Johnston says, “there will be days that, special days, where they’ll sign up for their unemployment and search for other jobs. They will be made aware of other jobs in the county.”

According to Johnston, they will have to find ways to save money in the county budget to offset the lost revenue that’s expected.

A WARN notice said the mine could have closed Monday or in a few weeks. We’re working to find an exact day.

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(This story was originally published on February 24, 2020)

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