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A. L. Lee Corporation



A.L. Lee Corporation

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Project Type:
Expansion
Location: Raleigh County, W.Va.
Innovative and creative engineering are the driving forces that have allowed A.L. Lee Corporation to develop new and improved machinery for the underground coal mining industry. The Governor's Guaranteed Work Force Program provided financial assistance when training was needed in the company’s equipment design group to upgrade its 3-D engineering software package.

Leonard Urtso, president, said, “By having invested in new technology, design hours have been reduced, there are fewer errors, productivity has increased and employee morale and pride are readily apparent. The result is an improvement in cost, allowing us to be more competitive.”

Headquartered in Raleigh County, A.L. Lee Corporation has additional operations in Mabscott and Bluefield, W.Va., and in Mt. Vernon, Ill. The company offers wide range of products, including personnel carriers, locomotives, rockdusters, forklifts tractors and other utility vehicles. These machines may be mounted on rubber tires or steel wheels to operate on rails and may be powered by electricity or diesel engines.

Responding to Governor Manchin’s desire to improve safety and increase the odds for survival in the event of a mine disaster, A.L. Lee designed and is currently manufacturing its LifeShelter, an underground rescue chamber that can sustain miners for up to 96 hours with oxygen, air, food and water within a safe enclosure until rescuers arrive.

In 2008, 40 new employees were hired. The company has enjoyed unparalleled growth due to its machinery being sold worldwide. The employees and management are proud to play a role in coal mining.
“By having invested in new technology, design hours have been reduced, there are fewer errors, productivity has increased and employee morale and pride are readily apparent. The result is an improvement in cost, allowing us to be more competitive.”

Leonard Urtso,
President