NoetixViewsREVIEWER: Jim Tiscornia, director MIS for Alpha Natural Resources.

BACKGROUND: Alpha Natural Resources is a leading producer of high-quality Appalachian coal. Approximately 94 percent of Alpha's reserve base is high Btu coal, and 89 percent is low sulfur - qualities that are in high demand among electric utilities which use steam coal. Alpha is also one of the nation's largest producers and exporters of metallurgical coal, a key ingredient in steel manufacturing. Alpha currently operates 64 mines and 11 coal preparation and blending plants in four states.

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