International Coal Group

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International Coal Group, Inc.
Traded as NYSEICO
Industry Coal mining
Founded Acquisition of many assets of Horizon Natural Resources at bankruptcy auction (May 2004)
Headquarters Teays Valley, West Virginia, United States
Key people
Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Chairman
Bennett K. Hatfield, President/CEO
Products Coal
Revenue $647.7 million U.S dollars (2005)
Number of employees
1,425 (2004)
Website (Now redirects to Arch Coal's website)

International Coal Group, Inc. (ICG) is a mining company in the United States that produces coal from 12 mining complexes in Northern and Central Appalachia (Kentucky, Maryland, and West Virginia) and from one complex in the Illinois Basin. The company is now headquartered in Teays Valley, West Virginia. It became a subsidiary of Arch Coal, Inc in 2011.


ICG was formed in May 2004 by investor Wilbur Ross, who led a group that bought many of Horizon Natural Resources' assets in a bankruptcy auction. Ross, originally operating as Newcoal LLC with four other investors, expressed interest in buying Horizon's nonunion properties, but not its six union operations. Horizon was then allowed to sever its union contracts, including pension benefits, by bankruptcy court, according to the Associated Press in the story "Coal Miners Lose Health Benefits" on August 9, 2004.

In March 2005, ICG agreed to acquire Anker Coal Group, Inc. In its third quarter report dated October 26, 2005, ICG reported, "All conditions to closing the acquisitions have been satisfied other than effectiveness of the related registration statement."

On June 15, 2011 Arch Coal, Inc.(NYSE: ARCH) announced that they had completed their acquisition of International Coal Group, Inc. (NYSE: ICO) through a merger, with International Coal Group becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Arch Coal.

Sago Mine disaster[edit]

ICG operates the mine in Sago, West Virginia where at approximately 6:30 a.m. on January 2, 2006, 13 coal miners were trapped after an explosion in the Sago Mine disaster. Twelve miners were later found to have died, while one survivor was taken to a hospital in critical condition. ICG faced controversy after an initial report claimed 12 of the trapped miners had been found alive. A fund to support the families of the miners has been started. ICG gave an initial donation of $2 million, their competitor, Massey Energy, has donated $250,000, and many citizens have made donations, bringing the total of the fund to roughly $3 million. On January 27, 2009 the Charleston Gazette reported that families of two of the victims settled their lawsuits with ICG, according to Kanawha Circuit Court documents.[1]

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