|Walter Energy Contributes One Million Dollars to Alabama Tornado Relief|
TAMPA, FL, May 02, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) (TSX: WLT), the world's leading, publicly traded "pure play" producer of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry, announced today that it will contribute $1 million to aid the victims of the April 27 tornadoes in central and west central Alabama.
The Company said it would donate $750,000 to the American Red Cross and an additional $250,000 to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's Governor's Emergency Relief Fund. The $750,000 contribution represents the single largest contribution Walter Energy has ever made.
"These storms have impacted the lives of so many of our employees, vendors, friends and relatives. We have decided to make contributions to these organizations in the hope that these funds will help the people of Alabama recover from the damage caused by the storms and our hearts go out to the victims of this tragedy," said Walter Energy Chief Executive Officer Keith Calder. "In addition to this contribution, we have also been working closely with local emergency responders by dispatching our mine rescue teams to assist with search and rescue and recovery efforts in areas battered by last week's tragic storms."
The Company added that, as of Monday morning, essentially all of its operations had returned to full production.
About Walter Energy
Walter Energy is the world's leading, publicly traded "pure play" metallurgical coal producer for the global steel industry. The Company also produces steam coal and industrial coal, anthracite, metallurgical coke and coal bed methane gas. The Company has strategic access to high-growth steel markets in Asia, South America and Europe. Walter Energy had 2010 pro forma revenues of approximately $2.3 billion and employs approximately 4,000 employees and contractors with operations in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. For more information about Walter Energy, please visit the company website at www.walterenergy.com.
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SOURCE: Walter Energy