Inaugural West Virginia Coal Show planned in partnership with 50th annual West Virginia Coal Association Symposium

SEMCO Publishing, publisher of North American Mining magazine, has come to an agreement with the West Virginia Coal Association to hold a combined first annual West Virginia Coal Show and 50th anniversary West Virginia Coal Symposium from March 26-28, 2024 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in Charleston, W.Va.

Exhibit sales are open for the combined event, which promises to convene a qualified audience of coal professionals from the entire Eastern coal producing region as well as the Illinois Basin, and both groups have additionally invited coal advocacy groups from across North America. >From the mine to the boardroom and all stops in between, this exciting and unprecedented exposition and conference will bring together the best the coal industry has to offer and present sessions on the most vital topics for coal’s future. 

“The coal industry is changing and now is the time for coal shows to change, too,” said SEMCO Publishing President and Publisher Peter Johnson. “We are offering exhibitors better prices, better attendance, better marketing plans and great service.”

Multiple price levels are available for vendor booths, and forklift service will be offered free of charge thanks to a sponsorship from North American Mining magazine. Special booth packages that include carpet, a table and chairs begin at just $150. A portion of all proceeds from the exposition will benefit Friends of Coal.

Chris Hamilton, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, said the group is already working hard to curate the symposium agenda for the 2024 event, including current topics in operations, technology and safety as well as the latest developments in regional and federal coal policy and legislation. 

“Current and future opportunities for coal are very real as growth and development around the globe increases their reliance on West Virginia coal,” he said. “We are excited to add the equipment and products dimension of our industry with our Mining Symposium, which hopefully will draw a broader, more diverse cross section of the industry together. Just as the times require everyone in the business to band together and stand up and be counted, this show has the potential to provide the forum for that to occur and for a larger segment of the industry to participate and contribute to a more secured industry going forward.”

Information about booth registration, pricing, hotel blocks, parking and more is available at

About SEMCO Publishing
SEMCO Publishing services the mining and construction materials industries with publishing, events, event management and more. Its titles include North American Mining magazine, Rock ProductsCement ProductsConcrete Products, and The ASIA Miner as well as several online news services. More information on subscriptions and services can be found at

About North American Mining magazine
North American Mining magazine, published nine times annually, is created for a readership that includes professionals working for companies involved in the North American markets of mining and processing industries in coal and hard rock. The brand content and editorial scope of the publication covers technology and operations exclusively for the North American mining markets of the United States, Canada and Mexico. It is available in print with a free subscription, or in a digital format at

About West Virginia Coal Association
The West Virginia Coal Association (WVCA) is a non-profit trade association based in Charleston, WV. It has over 300 member companies, including coal producers, coal-related businesses, and coal-fired power plants. The WVCA’s mission is to promote the development and use of coal as a clean, affordable and reliable source of energy. It does this by advocating for coal interests at the state and federal levels, providing education and training to its members, and promoting the use of coal through marketing and public relations campaigns. For information about West Virginia Coal Association membership or to discuss a 50th Annual Mining Symposium sponsorship, please contact Jessie Gibeaut at the Association office at 304-342-4153 or by email at [email protected]. Visit for more information.

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