Representatives from Cloud Peak Energy addressed the 100 or so community members during the monthly Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Wednesday at the Best Western.
Keith Walters, Technical Services Manager at Spring Creek Mine said Cloud Peak Energy is the third largest coal-producing company in the country, and about 19.3 million tons of coal was mined and shipped in 2010 at the Spring Creek Mine.
Walter said the company focuses on putting safety first. “Every miner has the right to go home at the end of the day no worse than a little tired,” he said.
Along with supplying U.S. customers, he said much of Cloud Peak's sodium-rich subbituminous thermal coal from the Spring Creek Mine is exported to Asian markets.
Walter added that they are always looking to expand, but the maximized port capacity on the West Coast right now is limiting their ability to do so.
The Spring Creek Mine is one of three Cloud Peak mines in the Powder River Basin in southern Montana and northeast Wyoming. Cloud Peak Energy is based out of Gillette and employs about 240 people at its three mines. The Spring Creek mine is located just north of the Wyoming border near Decker, Montana.
New Chamber Board President Eric Brandjord facilitated the luncheon, his first in his new role.