PBS Coals
million metric tonnes
Production goal
raw coal mined  

in 2010

million USD
in capital expenditures  

in 2010

Number of employees

million metric tonnes
Coal Sales

in 2010


PBS Coals, Inc. has its corporate office in Friedens and operates coal mining and processing facilities throughout Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Since it was founded in 1963 PBS has operated continuously and grown to be the fourth largest coal producer in Pennsylvania. PBS has gained the reputation as a reliable supplier of high quality coal to the electric power industry regionally and to the steel industry throughout the world.

We operate 5 surface mines, 5 deep mines and 2 coal preparation plants. The total annual coal production is currently 3.3 million metric tonnes raw coal. Annual breakdown of production: 55 percent coking coal and 45 percent steam coal. Two coal preparation plants, fully operational with an 1,100 raw tonnes per hour processing capability.

2010 production goal: 4.27 million metric tonnes raw coal mined.

Our coal is sold to utility companies located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region that use it to produce electricity. We also have many customers in the steel industry throughout the world who produce high quality steel products using our metallurgical coal.

2010 Projected Sales:

  • Coking Coal: 1.918 million metric tonnes
  • Steam Coal: 1.569 million metric tonnes
  • Total Coal Sales: 3.487 million metric tonnes

2010 investment:

50 million USD in capital expenditures

  • Wireless underground communications in all deep mines
  • Major rebuilds of equipment
  • Rail and port facility improvements


  • 466 underground mines
  • 218 surface mines
  • 89 cleaning plant personnel
  • 57 admin & engineering staff

August 31, 2013
PBS Coals, Inc. Receives Two Annual Reclamation Awards For 2013

  PRESS RELEASE For immediate release   August 26, 2013   PBS Coals, Inc. and its subsidiary Croner Inc. received two of the seven annual Reclamation Awards presented by the Pennsylvania ...

December 15, 2012
PBS Coals, Inc. Idles Mining Operations

PBS Coals, Inc. and its affiliate, RoxCoal, Inc., will immediately idle its Roytown and Hart mines in Somerset County and lay off 138 employees from  various sites.  The affected employees were officially ...

August 24, 2011
PBS Coals honored for reclamation work

PBS Coals was one of six Pennsylvania companies recognized Wednesday for reclaimming coal mining sites to exemplary conditions

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