The Decker Coal Company has announced that they'll conduct a mass layoff at the Decker Coal Mine beginning early next year. Between January 16th and March 15th of 2013, 75 employees will be laid off permanently. In a letter addressed to key stakeholders, Decker states that to the best of the company's current information and knowledge, coal production will continue at the facility to the full extent necessary to meet current obligations and to satisfy any future coal orders.
Of the 75 forthcoming layoffs, 39 of those will be that of mobile equipment operator. Decker Coal has released a brief statement regarding the layoffs, stating that the announcement is part of the mine’s ongoing expense management activities. The decision to reduce the workforce in 2013 is a mutual decision by both owners of Decker, KCP, Inc. and Western Minerals, LLC. This decision is unrelated to the pending litigation between Ambre and Cloud Peak, and, as stated, is a mutual decision by both owners.