Peabody closing Indiana operation

MORE than 100 employees will be laid off before the end of the year with the closure of a Peabody surface operation in Indiana.

Donna Schmidt

According to Inside Indiana Business, 133 workers from the Francisco complex, which includes a surface and underground mine, will be laid off when the surface operations shut down from November 23 to December 6. No impetus for the closure was indicated.

The online business report said Peabody Indiana Services penned a letter regarding its intentions to the state’s Department of Workforce Development on Monday. Peabody did not release a public statement Tuesday and an ILN request for details was not immediately returned.

The 140-worker Francisco surface operation opened in 1996 and shipped 1.9 million tons of coal in 2008, according to Peabody.

The underground mine, a room and pillar extracting with two split-air supersections, commenced operations in 2003 and last year shipped 1.5Mt.

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