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Weir Minerals Acquires Trio

Weir Minerals recently announced that it has acquired Trio, a Chinese-American manufacturer of crushing and separation equipment, for $220 million. The acquisition extends the Weir product portfolio for mining customers; building on successful entry into comminution (crushing, grinding and screening). The company sees the transaction as an opportunity to accelerate Trio’s growth through the Weir global platform and to similarly cross-sell Weir’s product range through Trio’s sales channels in North America and China.

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Peabody Sets the Record Straight on Prairie State

Peabody Energy Corp. is firing back at allegations in a class-action lawsuit in Illinois that claim promoters of the 1,600-megawatt Prairie State Energy Campus coal-burning power plant near Marissa in Washington County “negligently” misled participating cities and public power agencies about the project’s construction and electricity costs.

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NAR Worker Steals, Crashes Train Locomotive

A disgruntled 22-year-old rail employee at Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle complex in Wyoming is reportedly facing potential felony charges after stealing a coal train locomotive, driving it off of mine property and crashing it into another train.

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BHP Opens Caval Ridge Mine in Queensland

Officials at top miner BHP Billiton and their joint venture (JV) partner Mitsubishi have announced the opening of the $3.4 billion Caval Ridge mine, creating 500 jobs in Australia’s central Queensland. The project is the JV’s eighth in the region and is forecast to produce 5.5 million tons per year of premium met coal.

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