DotikiWEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (8/9/19) — Dotiki Mine, a major employer in Webster County for more than a half-century, is closing Aug. 16, Alliance Resource Partners L.P. based in Tusla, Oklahoma, confirmed today.

Dotiki is operated by its subsidiary, Webster County Coal LLC, which will focus on maximizing production at lower-cost mines in the Illinois Basin, ARLP reported. After the closure of Dotiki, located in Dixon, equipment and the infrastructure will undergo reclamation.

"Unfortunately, weak market conditions made this action necessary," Joseph W. Craft III, Chairman, President and CEO said in a statement. "We are saddened that production will be ending at the Dotiki Mine, which was opened in 1969 and is the oldest mine operated by ARLP."

ARLP does not expect this action to have any impact on its previously announced earnings guidance provided in its July 26, press release, including full-year ranges for coal production of 40.8-42.3 million tons and coal sales volumes of 40.8-42.4 million tons.

Webster County Judge-Executive Steve Henry said today the county would like to have Dotiki around for 50 more years, but realizes the coal market makes that unprofitable to continue. He is thankful that miners have the option to continue working.

“Alliance Coal has been a huge supporter of this community and I have been assured that will continue,” Henry stated. “While this will have a negative effect on our tax revenue, we had already been making changes to our budget over the last two years in anticipation of production ceasing.”

Henry assures the loss would not disrupt vital services to residents, and Webster County is working to bring in more economic opportunities in the near future. He urges residents to continue supporting local businesses.

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