ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC COMM STOCK
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Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. engages in the extraction, processing, and marketing of coal in northern and central Appalachia coal fields in the United States. Its reserve base includes high British thermal units, low sulfur steam coal, and metallurgical coal. The company produces, process, and sells steam and metallurgical coal. Alpha also engages in the purchase and resale of coal mined by others. The company sells its steam coal to large utilities and industrial customers as fuel for electricity generation. As of December 31, 2004, it owned or leased 511.1 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves, of which approximately 89% were low sulfur reserves. The company has eight regional units, including two in Virginia, three in West Virginia, one in Pennsylvania, one in Kentucky, and one in Colorado. As of February 1, 2005, these units included 11 preparation plants, each of which receive, blend, process, and ship coal that is produced from its 65 active mines. The company is based in Abingdon, Virginia.