United Coal Company has named Keith Hargrove president of Sapphire Coal Company, a position he held during 2006 and 2007. Sapphire is a subsidiary of United Coal Company, headquartered in Bristol, Va.
The company said the move is part of a corporate reorganization strategy to meet the demands of an expanding global market.
Hargrove most recently served as president of Pocahontas and Carter Roag coal companies – both UCC subsidiaries – based in Beckley and Mill Creek, W.Va., respectively. Prior to joining UCC, he was director of process improvement for Lone Mountain Processing in St. Charles, Va., a subsidiary of Arch Coal Inc.
“We are pleased to have Keith once again leading Sapphire’s operations,” says Michael Zervos, president and chief executive officer of UCC. “His expertise and experience are invaluable, and he will continue to play a key role in helping our company meet the challenges of an ever-increasing product demand.”
Hargrove earned a bachelor’s in mining engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. He holds certifications as a professional engineer and an underground foreman in both Virginia and Kentucky. He is a member of the Society of Mining Engineers.
“I am excited about rejoining the team at Sapphire,” Hargrove says. “We already have a dedicated, professional staff, outstanding working relationships and high performance standards. I look forward to working together to maintain – and surpass – our award-winning safety and production records.”
Hargrove’s mining career includes 16 years at Westmoreland Coal Company in Appalachia, Va., where he served in a variety of positions, including mining engineer, section foreman, mining engineering supervisor/se- nior mining engineer, health and safety specialist, and general mine foreman/shift supervisor. He joined Arch Coal in 1994 as engineering supervisor of the company’s Arch of Kentucky No. 37 mine and later became senior planning engineer and manager of engineering and environmental affairs at the Lone Mountain facility.
Hargrove and his wife, Barbara, have two grown children.
UCC is a privately held company with subsidiaries in West Virginia, Virginia and eastern Kentucky.