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Supervisor Class No. 11 June 19-20, 2013

Jun. 20, 2013

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Front row left to right: Suzan Sanderson - Walter Minerals; Sean Olver - Wolverine; Jerry Hicks - No. 7 Mine East; Chad Roberts - Galleria; Danny Scoggins - No. 4 Mine; Heath Smith - No. 7 Mine West and Don Hamelin - Wolverine Mine. Standing left to right: Roger Peelor - No. 4 Mine; Ricky DeFoor - No. 7 Mine East; Billy Carpenter - No. 7 Mine East; Jamey Ramsey - Galleria; Frankie Lee - No. 4 Mine; Randy Wright - West Virginia; Ronnie Hill - No. 4 Mine; Randy Coffindaffer - No. 7 Mine West and Phillip McGilton - No. 7 Mine West.

Organizational Changes in Canadian Operations

Jun. 04, 2013

To effectively serve our changing marketplace and business operations, the following changes were made effective May 16, 2013:
 Al Kangas, General Manager, will assume responsibility for operations at Brule and Willow Creek, in addition to his current responsibilities for operations at Wolverine.    
Tony Meyers, Vice President, Engineering, will assume responsibility for Technical Services across NEBC, including Technical Services responsibilities which previously reported to the General Managers of Wolverine, Brule, and Willow Creek.  Tony will continue to have responsibility for Canada-wide engineering, environmental affairs, community and aboriginal affairs, and employee training.    
Calven Swinea, Vice President, Administration, will assume responsibility for the day-to-day administrative matters at the mines and operations, including finance, procurement and warehousing, contract administration, and facilities.  Calven will assume administrative responsibilities that previously reported to the General Managers of Wolverine, Brule, and Willow Creek.
Jeff Lowe elected to leave Walter Energy effective May 16, 2013. Jeff played critical roles in the conversion of Willow Creek and Brule to company-operated mines.   


Supervisor Class No. 10 May 15-16, 2013

Jun. 04, 2013


Front row left to right: Bob Duvall - No. 7 Mine East; Gary Crane - Central Lab; Tommy Spencer - No. 4 Mine; Travis McNabb - No. 7 Mine West; Chad Cordingley - Wolvernine Mine and Allen Baron - Willow Creek / Brule Mine. Standing left to right: Chad Waldrop - Walter Minerals; Mike Shuman - No. 7 Mine West; Jason Mayes - Walter Coke; Mark Milligan - No. 7 Mine East; Gary Walker - No. 4 Mine; Scott Box - No. 4 Mine and Aaron McClanahan - No. 7 Mine East. Not Shown: Lance Nenniger - No. 7 Mine West. ​

Three Appointments in Finance

Jun. 04, 2013

Robert Kerley has announced several key positions within the Finance organization have recently been filled.

  Matt Jackson, International Controller, joined our team in the first quarter of 2013. Matt has responsibility for business operation accounting functions serving operations outside the United States.  As International Controller, Matt is responsible for ensuring consistent accounting policies, adherence to local reporting requirements and making sure strong financial controls are present.  He also serves as a business partner with Dan Cartwright and his management team in NEBC. Matt comes to us from Borg Warner, Inc., where he spent approximately 16 years and last held the position of Controller / Director of Finance for their Turbos Commercial Diesel Division in Asheville, North Carolina.  Prior to joining Borg Warner, Inc., Matt was in public accounting as an Auditor In-Charge at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.  Matt earned his MBA from the University of South Carolina. 

Alan Shepard, Assistant Corporate Controller, joined us in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Alan provided immediate support temporarily managing the International Finance organization in addition to his duties as Assistant Corporate Controller.  Alan’s responsibilities include managing SEC reporting, corporate financial reporting and consolidations as well as Accounts Payable shared services.  Alan came to us from Consol Energy, Inc. (Consol) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he worked for approximately seven years.  At Consol, Alan oversaw the preparation of SEC Form 10-Q and Form 10-K filings and the management of accounting functions.  Prior to joining Consol, Alan worked in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant with an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.


jmitch1Joseph Mitchell, Manager-System Integration and SOx Compliance, joined us in April and has responsibility for financial system integration and improvement as well as Sarbanes Oxley (SOx) controls and compliance.  Joseph will ensure the continued migration to Oracle and other ancillary systems occur smoothly.  He will also support continuous improvement within the area of system usage, automate and standardization of our processes and procedures as well as effectiveness of SOx controls.  Joseph comes to us from Confederate Motors, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama where he was Chief Financial Officer since 2006. He previously worked with HealthSouth Corporation and Dell Financial Services.   While at HealthSouth, he held the positions of IT Audit Director and Assistant Controller. While with Dell, he led a team in implementing financial and internal controls for SOx compliance.  He began his career in public accounting at Livings, Hill & Associates. He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his MBA from The University of Alabama.

Please welcome these individuals in their new roles and extend your full support to them. 



Brad Brasfield New Director - Environmental

Jun. 04, 2013

bbrasfieldBrad Brasfield has been promoted to Director - Environmental for Walter Energy. In his new role, Brad will have responsibility for environmental permitting, compliance, and translating Best Practices across the entire organization. Brad will report to Dan Grucza, Vice President and Senior Counsel - Environmental.

Since 2008, Brad has served as General Manager of Engineering for Walter Minerals, Inc. where his responsibilities included exploration, reserve evaluation, mine planning, permitting, and environmental compliance.  Formerly, Brad was Manager of Engineering for Taft where his responsibilities included land acquisition and leasing.  Prior to Taft, Brad worked at Drummond Coal Company where in addition to mine engineering and design work his responsibilities included Real Estate development and golf course construction.  Brad is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, Florida, and Texas. Brad is an active member of the Alabama Coal Association, Environmental Committee and is on the National Mining Association, Surface Mining Committee. 
Brad has served as past Director of the Alabama Section of the Society of Mine Engineers and was Coordinator of Section 7 - Mine Development of the SME Mining Engineering Handbook, 2nd Edition.  Brad's research on sediment pond design was published in the University of Kentucky's 1984 Symposium on Surface Mining, Hydrology, Sedimentology & Hydrology.  Brad graduated from the University of Alabama in 1974 with a major in Mathematics and in 1976 with a B.S. in Mineral Engineering.


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JWR Takes Steps to Protect Employees Against Tornados

When severe weather strikes our area, one of the safest places to be is underground. But not all of JWR's employees work underground and some have the crucial job of making sure the ventilation fans are running in the event of a power outage. As you can imagine, most of the fans are in very remote areas without any protection in the event of violent weather. When storms threaten, JWR personnel are sent to the ventilation fans to make sure there are no problems with the back-up generators in case of a power failure. JWR has installed concrete storm shelters at its fans and two at the Training Center.
tornado-shelter-5792_small.jpgThe top photo shows the two shelters at the rear of the Training Center, the lower photo shows a shelter at one of No. 7 Mine's fan installations.
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Wednesday, January 1..........................New Year's Day
Tuesday, April 1........................................8 Hour Holiday
Monday, May 26.........................................Memorial Day
Friday, July 4......................................Independence Day
Monday, September 1.....................................Labor Day
Tuesday, November 11............................Veterans' Day
Thursday, November 27............................Thanksgiving
Friday, November 28.................Day after Thanksgiving
Wednesday, December 24....................Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 25........................ Christmas Day


This holiday schedule may be modified for those units that have a business
necessity to be open on certain days of the scheduled holidays.



How to Apply for a New Miner Underground Position with Jim Walter Resources


1.     Applicants must setup a Job Seeker PLUS account online with the Alabama Career Center at You may register on your home computer or use a computer at any Alabama Career Center - click the link below for a complete list of centers:  

The Tuscaloosa Career Center is located at 202 Skyland Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405. (Click map for directions) 

2.   After you have registered, you MUST call the Tuscaloosa Career Center at 205-758-7591 and request your name be put on a Consideration List for the JWR New Miner Underground position.  

3.   The Consideration List is reviewed daily by the Tuscaloosa Alabama Career Center and you may be contacted by the Career Center if there are questions about your work history. If you meet the JWR underground profile, The Career Center will mail you an application with instructions to return the completed application back to them.  

4.   The Career Center will review the application to ensure it is completed thoroughly and they will mail the application to JWR Human Resources.  

5.   JWR will review your application further and decide if your work background merits an interview. If so, you will be contacted to discuss the interview and hiring process. We seek candidates with heavy industrial or construction backgrounds but preference will be given to those with underground mining, mechanical, electrical, programmable logic controls, welding, pipefitting, stone masonry, operating heavy equipment, supervisory experience, and those with a BS or technical degree from an accredited university. 

6.   Your application is good for one year from the time you sign it and if you are still interested in employment after the expiration date, you can call the Tuscaloosa Career Center and request to have another application mailed to you. Additional applications will not help a person’s job chances during the one year period and the Career Center will not mail extra copies.

7.   Due to the high volume of applications received monthly, the JWR office will not be able to accept phone calls in order to provide you with a status update. We will contact you if your work experience meets our needs. However, if you wish to inform us of a change of address, phone number, or work experience, you can mail your changes along with your full name and Social Security number to Jim Walter Resources, Attention: Employment, Post Office Box 133, Brookwood, Alabama 35444.