- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) - Patriot Coal Corp. has relocated its headquarters from St. Louis to West Virginia, the company said Friday.

The company’s operations office in Scott Depot became its headquarters effective Jan. 1. Patriot spokeswoman Janine Orf said about 40 jobs will shift to Scott Depot.

“The move from St. Louis will accomplish dual objectives of reducing administrative costs and positioning the corporate headquarters in closer proximity to our mining operations and customers,” Patriot President and CEO Bennett K. Hatfield said in a news release.

The transition began in November and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015.

The company’s West Virginia office was moved from Charleston to the Putnam County location last year.

Patriot Coal has eight mining complexes in West Virginia and two in western Kentucky.

The company, which employs about 4,000, emerged from bankruptcy in late 2013.

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