United Coal Company represents the North American interests of Metinvest.
UCC was formed by private investors, (including James McGlothlin who was one of the founders of the original United Coal Company in the 1970s), and grew through acquisitions of metallurgical coal producers.
Since then UCC has grown to be one of the leading producers of metallurgical coal in the United States, ranking (by public company estimates) sixth among U.S. metallurgical coal producers. Production capacities of UCC’s four operating business units total nearly 5 mln. tons. Projected production is 6 mln. tons by 2012 and 8.4 mln. tons by 2015 with the addition of two operating business units in West Virginia; Affinity Coal Company and Roaring Creek Coal Company. UCC mines metallurgical and steam coal using both underground and surface mining techniques in the states of West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky. UCC estimates that it is one of the five largest metallurgical coal reserve holders in the Central Appalachian region of the United States.
UCC’s metallurgical coal customers are primarily steel companies and merchant coke producers in the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, although nearly half of metallurgical coal volumes were exported, primarily to South America and Europe, including UCC’s parent company, Metinvest. UCC’s steam coal customers are large utilities and industrial customers in the Eastern region of the United States.
In 2009, UCC became the North American subsidiary of Metinvest, an international, vertically integrated mining and steel group of 24 industrial companies leading the mining and steel industry of Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
At UCC, we see new challenges as new opportunities that emerge in ever-changing national and global economies. We have a bold vision for the future, and our company is well positioned to meet the rising demand for met coal amid unprecedented growth in global steel production.
Seizing opportunities continues to yield results.