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Alden Resources, LLC 

History of Alden Resources

Alden Resources was formed in 2007 from a group of small companies mining and processing coal in southern Kentucky. These companies were primarily mining coal from the Blue Gem seam which has unique properties making it suitable for silicon production.  Blue Gem coal has been used as a silicon reductant since the 1980’s as a less costly alternative to charcoal.  

Mining facilites

  • Alden currently operates five coal mines
  • Two of these operations are surface mines and three are underground mines
  • The surface mines are truck/loader/dozer along with high-wall mining machines
  • The underground mines are room and pillar continuous mining machine operations
  • Alden also operates a coal processing facility and rail loadout
  • Coal is shipped out by rail and truck


All of Alden’s operations are located in Knox and Whitley counties near Williamsburg and Barbourville, Kentucky. Coal that is shipped by rail is done so by CSX Railroad.  Alden’s main office is located in Corbin, Kentucky. The closest major airports are in Lexington, Kentucky and Knoxville, Tennessee. 



Alden Team Win US National Championship in Mine Rescue/First-Aid Combination

The Alden Resources Mine Rescue Team won top honor at the National Mine Rescue Contest held in Beckley, West Virgina during September 2017 in the Combination Mine Rescue/First-Aid Events.

The team competed against the best 61 teams in the US in the 3 Day competition. The first day consisted of a simulated mining accident in which multiple victims were treated for their injuries. Days two and three were mock mine disasters in which the team had to explore simulated underground mines in search of survivors bringing them to safety.

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