Alpha was formed in 2002 and went public in February 2005, trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "ANR." Over the years Alpha has grown steadily through acquisitions and by building a reputation for itself as one of the nation's leading coal producers.
In August, 2015, Alpha and its 150 affiliates voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for restructuring. As part of that process, a group of mines in Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Virginia and West Virginia were sold to a new company, Contura Energy, that was formed by the first lien lenders. Alpha emerged from bankruptcy in July, 2016 with approximately 18 mines and 8 prep plants in West Virginia and Kentucky. Also, upon emergence, the company offices were located in Kingsport, Tennessee and Julian, West Virginia.
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