Shelby discusses coal, jobs during Walker visit
by Jack McNeely
Feb 18, 2014 | 2295 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) discusses coal and jobs during a meeting with Drummond Company officials Monday. Pictured, from left, are Richard Mullen, executive vice president of mining; George Barber, president of the Alabama Coal Association; Shelby; and David Roberson, vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs. – Photo by: Jack McNeely.
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) discusses coal and jobs during a meeting with Drummond Company officials Monday. Pictured, from left, are Richard Mullen, executive vice president of mining; George Barber, president of the Alabama Coal Association; Shelby; and David Roberson, vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs. – Photo by: Jack McNeely.
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U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) talked coal and jobs Monday morning with leadership and employees at Drummond Company in Jasper.

“Job creation must be our top priority as a nation, and it is the focus of my statewide travel,” Shelby said during his 38th stop in his Alabama jobs and industry tour. He is visiting key job creators in each county.

“It is critical that I hear firsthand from job creators and workers how federal policies are affecting economic growth, and what we can do to create more jobs in Alabama,” added Shelby. “These conversations with my constituents have always played a critical role in informing how I vote on issues before the Senate.”

Since 1987, the beginning of Shelby’s first term in the U.S. Senate, he has held more than 1,800 county visits in Alabama.

Drummond Company officials were appreciative of Shelby’s visit and long-term commitment to coal.

“He has always been supportive of our industry,” said Drummond Company’s David Roberson, vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs

Also attending Monday’s meeting were Richard Mullen, Drummond’s executive vice president of mining, and George Barber, president of the Alabama Coal Association.

“Coal is important,” Shelby said. “And it has played a vital role in Walker County’s history.”

Shelby also visited Southern Energy Homes in Addison Monday afternoon.