BECKLEY — Bluestone Resources announced Thursday that it is hiring 290 additional workers, adding to its staff and providing high-paying jobs at its coal mines across West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky.

In a press release, the company said the new jobs will be created at the Keystone Surface Mine in McDowell County and at the Bishop Surface Mine, which is reopening, in Tazewell County. Additionally, the company said it is looking for miners at its Wise, Virginia., and Pike County, Kentucky, operations.

“We are looking for quality workers to operate all types of machinery, and we’re offering great wages and benefits,” Jay Justice, who operates the mines for Justice Companies, said in the press release. “We are excited about the opportunities we have available and are looking to hire right away.”

The company said a variety of jobs are being offered, with some of the highest paying wages in the coal sector, along with a newly redesigned bonus program. A new red hat training program for a small number of inexperienced workers is also being initiated.

“Because of its extremely high-quality coal, Bluestone provides long term job security, even if the market turns down,” Justice said.

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