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Ben Statler, Gary White and Armistead Long are slated to become the next class of inductees into the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame.

The organization's 16th annual induction ceremony will take place on Friday, May 3, at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.Va.

A third-generation coal miner and Morgantown native, Statler began his career as a laborer with Consolidation Coal in 1969 and worked the night shift while pursuing his bachelor's degree in mining engineering at West Virginia University. He rose through the ranks at Consol to become senior vice president of mining in 1996. He later started his own mining company, PinnOak Resources LLC, acquiring assets from U.S. Steel Corp. He currently serves as co-founder and chief executive officer of Gulf Coast Capital Partners, a private investment firm founded in 2008, which is focused on acquiring and providing capital to middle market companies in special situations.

Also a West Virginia native, White is the president of the James River Coal Co., a division of International Resource Partners LP. He began his career in the mining industry as an electrician in a mining equipment rebuild shop. After stints as an instructor, he was hired by Amherst Coal Co. as its director of training. He later served as the company's human resource manager and its manager of underground mining. White went on to become president and CEO of the West Virginia Coal Association, a position he held until 1992, when he became president and chief operating office and later CEO of International Industries Inc. The company was sold to Lightfoot Capital Partners, a private equity firm, forming IRP.

Long, a native of Kentucky, was known throughout the industry for his inventions, which included the piggyback or bridge conveyor, the Rosco feeder breaker and a patented belt sander. He started his career working for his father in Fayetteville in what would later become known as The Long Co. He went on to serve as president of Long-Airdox and Marmon Research, where he developed a line of permissible mantrips and rockdusters, a diesel auger miner and a series of low-height roof bolters. Long died in 2005 at the age of 86.

The hall was established by the West Virginia Coal Association, the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and the West Virginia Mining and Reclamation Association in 1998. It resides in the Mineral Resources Building of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU.