10/28/2013 6:53 PM
by Joe Hellriegel
OAK HILL - A local coal mining machinery company is sending it's employees to Washington D.C. to fight to keep the coal industry alive. The president of Highland Machinery Corporation in Oak Hill offered to send any workers that wanted to go to Washington D.C. to show support. Bill McClanahan said he got the call from Friends of Coal and the West Virginia Coal Association and wanted to send any employees who wanted to go. 55 employees will be making the trip and McClanahan says it's important for these families who have been laid off, and for the state.
"If we don't stand up and say something then we are going to be overlooked, and we were given mouths to talk, so we need to talk. And let people know that we are concerned about our jobs, we're concerned about our nation were concerned about the economy so we just need to stand up and take part," said McClanahan.
The group will be leaving Tuesday morning at 4 a.m.