Salem resident honored as Coal Person of the Year

COLUMBUS – Rosebud Mining Company’s Gary Alkire of Salem is Ohio’s 2015 Coal Person of the Year.

The announcement, made during the Ohio Coal Association’s annual meeting, included acknowledgment from some of Ohio’s top political leaders as well.

“Gary Alkire embodies the spirit of the coal industry,” said OCA President Christian Palich. “Over the past year, he successfully spearheaded multiple initiatives that generated positive outcomes for the industry. He truly deserves the title “Coal Person of the Year.”

In addition to his main role as Rosebud Mining Company’s manager of permitting, Alkire also serves as chairman of the Ohio Coal Association’s Environmental Committee.

As chairman, Alkire has brought multiple common sense regulatory reforms to the forefront of discussion with Ohio’s regulating bodies.

Alkire also was the driving force behind the Ohio Coal Association’s new Education Initiative.

The program seeks to educate students and groups alike on the value of coal, and awards a college bound senior with a $1,000 scholarship annually.

Along with the Coal Person of the Year designation, Alkire was recognized by U.S. Senator Rob Portman, U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Representative Andy Thompson for his achievement.

In his spare time, Alkire is an active member of his community in Salem where he and his wife Rebecca are members at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, serve on several committees, and regularly serve meals for the Banquet of Salem, with Gary serving on the Banquet board.


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