|Founder||Heman Edward Drummond|
|Headquarters||Birmingham, Alabama, USA|
|Products||Coal, By-Products, and Real Estate|
|Revenue||$5.00 billion USD (2016)|
Number of employees
The company was founded in Jasper, Alabama in 1935 by Heman Edward Drummond, an Alabama coal miner. Drummond started mining on land he inherited from his family; he used mules to drag coal out of the mines. When Drummond died in 1956, the company remained family-owned.
In 1973, Garry N. Drummond, one of the founder's seven children, was appointed as Chairman. He still serves in this capacity. Another son, Elbert Allen Drummond, a.k.a. Larry Drummond, served as Vice Chairman until his death in 2012.
In 2003, the company was sued by Colombian widows and orphans of three labor union leaders who were murdered by paramilitaries near Drummond mines. The lawsuit accused Drummond of "supporting paramilitary fighters at its facilities, thereby making Drummond liable for the deaths." It was known as Estate of Rodriquez v. Drummond Co.. By 2009, the United States Department of Justice had not found sufficient evidence and ruled in favor of the company, concluding that it had never supported any action of illegal groups.
In February 2013, journalist Alejandro Arias reported with photographic evidence dumping of hundreds of tons of coal into the Caribbean Sea by the company a month earlier. Based on this evidence the Colombian Government temporarily suspended some operations of the company in Santa Marta where the incident occurred. Drummond was also fined US$3.6 million.
In 2015, the Drummond Company sued attorneys Terrence P. Collingsworth and William R. Scherer, the advocacy group International Rights Advocates (IRAdvocates), and Dutch businessman Albert van Bilderbeek, one of the owners of Llanos Oil, accusing them of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by alleging that Drummond had worked alongside Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia to murder labor union leaders within proximity of their Colombian coal mines, which Drummond denies.
Assets and operations
It operated the Pribbenow and El Descanso mines near La Loma in the Cesar Department in northern Colombia. Both mines produce bituminous coal. Production from Pribbenow, comprising almost 50% of all coal mined in Colombia, is exported to 11 countries. The company is "Colombia’s second-biggest thermal coal producer."
The company owns Perry Supply, a subsidiary founded in 1913, which sells "mining, foundry, construction, and industrial supplies."
The company manages "four luxury planned communities in Alabama, Florida and California." In 1985, they developed their first community: Oakbridge in Lakeland, Florida. Over the years, they developed Liberty Park in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, as well as Rancho La Quinta and Andalusia at Coral Mountain in La Quinta, California.
- State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame: DRUMMOND COMPANY INC.
- America's Largest Private Companies: #162 Drummond, Forbes
- Ronnie Blair, 'The Drummonds: Close-Knit, Self-Made Men', Lakeland Ledger, May 12, 1985
- Forbes: Garry Drummond
- E.A. "LARRY" DRUMMOND, The Birmingham News, August 1, 2012
- Pui-Wing Tam, Marc Lifsher, Colombian Killings Land U.S. Company In American Court: Mining Concern Faces Suit Over Right-Wing Attacks; New Life for a 1789 Act, The Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2003
- Corte Federal de EE.UU falla a favor de Drummond dos demandas de sindicatos colombianos
- El periodista que puso en jaque a la Drummond, Semana (Colombia)
- Dan Molinski, Colombia Fines Drummond for Dumping Coal, The Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2013
- Kent Faulk, Drummond sues those claiming coal company involved in Colombian deaths, The Birmingham News, April 8, 2015
- Drummond Company: Mines
- Matthew Bristow, Colombia’s Top Coal Mine Reaches Accord That May End Strike, Bloomberg Business, March 4, 2013
- Drummond Company: Perry Supply
- Drummond Company: Our products: Jaspel Oil