Longwall mining is the safest, most productive underground coal mining method. For more than 20 years now, industry leaders have gathered at Longwall USA, which takes place every two years on the odd years, to see the latest in longwall mining equipment and technology and to learn from their peers.
Coal Age has always been affiliated with Longwall USA and last year its publisher, Mining Media International (MMI), purchased the conference and exposition. Seeing an opportunity for improvement, MMI immediately began to make changes. The timing of Longwall USA was moved to May from June to avoid conflicts with summer holidays. MMI also negotiated with the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to allow exhibitor setup to begin the week prior for those companies needing extra time to assemble their displays.The Longwall USA executive committee is organizing a program that will attract not only longwall operators, but operators from most underground coal mines. MMI will use Coal Age along with other marketing means to promote the event.