TULSA, Okla., Jul 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP) today announced that
several of its independent operating subsidiaries have begun deployment
of a newly-developed product - a proximity detection system designed to
improve the safety of continuous mining machines used in underground
operations. To date, ARLP operating companies have installed seven
proximity detection systems on continuous miners in production at five
underground coal mines.
The new system was developed and designed by Matrix Design Group, LLC
(Matrix), a subsidiary of ARLP. Matrix began development of its
proximity detection technology in 2005. Its current technology, the
Matrix Mine Monitor (M3), provides a practical, mine-duty system that
trains operators to remain clear of unsafe areas, or "red zones," by
warnings and machine shut-downs. Matrix recently entered into a
partnership with Joy Mining Machinery (Joy) to offer a highly reliable
proximity detection system for the entire range of Joy continuous
miners. Matrix is currently conducting field tests and anticipates the
system will be commercially available in the U.S. market in early 2011.
"Alliance is committed to serving as a leader at the forefront of mine
safety technology," said Joseph W. Craft III, ARLP President and Chief
Executive Officer. "Our operating companies share this commitment and
are working diligently to complete installations of the Matrix proximity
detection system on their entire fleet of continuous miners."
Aric Pryor, Matrix President, added, "Matrix is pleased that ARLP
operating companies have begun deployment of our M3 proximity detection
system. All of us at Matrix are excited for this opportunity to advance
the development of this new cutting-edge technology and we look forward
to the opportunity to provide the mining industry with proximity
detection technology through our partnership with Joy."
About Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.
ARLP is a diversified producer and marketer of coal to major United
States utilities and industrial users. ARLP, the nation's first publicly
traded master limited partnership involved in the production and
marketing of coal, is currently the fifth largest coal producer in the
eastern United States with mining operations in the Illinois Basin,
Northern Appalachian and Central Appalachian coal producing regions.
ARLP operates nine mining complexes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,
Maryland and West Virginia and is also constructing a new mining complex
in West Virginia. In addition, ARLP operates a coal loading terminal on
the Ohio River at Mount Vernon, Indiana.
News, unit prices and additional information about ARLP, including
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at http://www.arlp.com.
For more information, contact the investor relations department of ARLP
at (918) 295-7674 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Matrix Design Group, LLC
Matrix is a designer, developer and marketer of safety and productivity
technology for use in the underground mining industry. Its innovative
and industry leading products include wireless tracking and
communications systems, mine atmospheric monitoring systems and
proximity detection systems. Matrix is a subsidiary of ARLP.
SOURCE: Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.
Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.
Brian L. Cantrell, 918-295-7673