MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame has three new members: Ben Statler, Gary White and the late Armistead Long..
Statler was a vice president for Pennsylvania-based CONSOL Energy and later founded PinnOak Resources. He’s now chief executive officer of Gulf Coast Capital Partners.
White is president of James River Coal Co., a division of International Resource Partners. He’s also former president of the West Virginia Coal Association.
Long, who died in 2005, was a Kentucky native known throughout the industry for inventions including a bridge conveyor and a patented belt sander.
He became president of Long-Airdox and Marmon Research, where he developed a line of roof bolters, rock dusters and other equipment.
The hall of fame is housed in West Virginia University’s Mineral Resources Building.