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VHGI Holdings Appoints Ron Hutchcraft as Executive Vice President of the Lily Group

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH—VHGI Holdings Inc.’s  subsidiary VHGI Coal  appointed Ron Hutchcraft as executive vice president of the recently acquired Lily Group Landree Mine in Jasonville, Indiana.

“This is an important step in the execution of our business plan,” said VHGI chief executive Doug Martin in a prepared statement. “After having closed this transaction, we immediately focused our attention on ensuring  that we had the highest quality of people managing this project who are not only familiar with the quality of coal from this unique deposit, but with all aspects of mining in these conditions.”

Hutchcraft  received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mining engineering from from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has more than 25 years of experience in the midwest in both underground and surface coal mining. His experience includes engineering, operations supervision and management, preparation and processing, budgeting and financial adherence, environmental health and safety and regulatory affairs.

Over the past 10 years, Hutchcraft has served as director of midwest operations for Headwaters Energy Services, vice president of Indiana Operations for Horizon Natural Resources and AEI Resources and general manager for the Beech Coal Company Sycamore Mine.