Leaders announce 260 new coal jobs in Henderson

Leaders announce 260 new coal jobs in Henderson
Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 10:16 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2022 at 5:56 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Leaders say River View Coal is expanding into Henderson with a $35 million investment.

They expect to hire 260 new employees with an average pay of more than $34 per hour, plus benefits.

“$48.99 an hour if you count those benefits,” Henderson County Judge Executive Brad Schneider said.

Leaders at River View say they will build a new 30,000-square-foot facility on 56 acres near KY-145 and Sulpher Springs Road in Corydon.

Work is expected to begin in April 2023 and be completed by December 2024.

On top of the 260 full-time employees they plan to hire, River View officials say hundreds of employees will be transferred to the Henderson location once it’s finished.

Henderson Economic Development Executive Director Missy Vanderpool knows that’s a lot of jobs to fill, but says her team has a plan to fill those positions.

“We are working on a talent attraction campaign that will be rolled out in about two weeks. It’s an 11-month campaign to attract people to live in Henderson,” Vanderpool said.

Leaders announced the estimated economic impact of the new coal facility is $300 million per year.

“That goes to our community, to our local banks, to our local restaurants, to our local insurance agents, to the gas stations,” Vanderpool said.

“River View is excited to expand into Henderson County. The coal industry has faced a lot of challenges in recent years, but this project allows us to continue to mine coal for the power producers who care about providing affordable and reliable electricity to homes and businesses,” said River View General Manager Bill Adelman. “Kentucky has many state and local elected officials who have supported investment and growth in our commonwealth. We’re appreciative of their efforts, and the laws they’ve passed, that make expansion opportunities like this one more likely to happen. River View looks forward to what this project means for our miners and Henderson County.”

Adelman says they are already looking to hire employees for their new facility. To apply, contact the River View office at (270) 389-6733.

Those interested can also contact their local unemployment office to get in touch with River View Coal.

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