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Highly Informative Technical Sessions to be Featured at Bluefield Coal Show



September 4, 2017 - One week to go till September 13-15 and excitement is building for the Bluefield Coal Show. Over three days, some 6,000 mining professionals are expected to descend on Brushfork Armory – Civic Center, off US Route 52 North, 2 miles north of Bluefield, West Virginia. Traditional features of the Show are the fine Technical Sessions, which have been put together by Technical Session Chair, Bill Reid (for details click here).


“The response to the Technical Sessions has been unprecedented this year and we have an extremely high standard of presentations for everyone,” said Reid, who is Managing Editor of and Coal Miner Exchange. “We begin with a presentation by Leslie Drake from the U.S. Commerce Service who will explain to manufacturers and suppliers the importance of exporting and describe what is available in assistance for funding. This will certainly be of very great interest.


“We are also privileged to have the Presidents of the Coal Associations of West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky, who will tell us about the state of the industry and give their predictions for the future. We have seven manufacturers describing the challenges and opportunities in the industry as well as giving us their take on how they see things to come,” explained Reid. “I am truly excited about the very high standard of these presentations and invite everyone to come to the big food tent beside the armory to hear our speakers.”


Coal operators, superintendents, company presidents, mine foremen, engineers, purchasing agents, chemical workers, belt coordinators, maintenance managers, technical service personnel, and other industry personnel will be in attendance at Bluefield for the 22nd biennial Bluefield Coal Show, which is the premier eastern regional show.


The value of attending the Bluefield Coal Show being “A Coal Show for Coal People” comes from the remarkable quality of the exhibitors’ comprehensive displays of coal equipment, products and services, and safety developments. The Technical Sessions, held in the afternoons, certainly contribute to the high standard of the event, which will be the largest gathering of coal professionals in 2017.  There is no charge to attend the Technical Sessions. 



Bill Reid


Leslie Drake


Bill Raney


Harry Childress


Tyler White