Coal Preparation Society of America
Message from the President
It is the start of a New Year for CPSA and its members. Last year was one of growing uncertainty and changes to the coal industry, which have directly affected many of our members and their companies. 2012 will go down as a year of fundamental changes that will not soon be forgotten in the coming years. Not only have political and regulatory issues been directly aimed at the coal industry in a not-so-friendly way, but the balance of energy sources has also changed dramatically.
What will 2013 hold for our industry? I, like many others, wish we knew what was ahead. There have been severe workforce realignments, and many mines have been idled. Some of these mine closures may become permanent unless the prevailing regulatory and political climate realizes the need for changes in our industry.
It has become even more important for CPSA to stay at the forefront of promoting coal preparation. CPSA has provided and will continue to develop the necessary programs and educational opportunities to foster the growth of knowledge in the field of coal preparation. The continued growth of those individuals dedicated to coal processing is more important than ever to the success of their companies as they adjust to the new environment we find ourselves in.
CPSA and its Board of Directors will continue to listen to our membership and strive to work diligently on their needs. The organization exists solely for the benefit of our members. In the coming months, CoalPrep 2013 will reconvene in Lexington, Kentucky, where the who’s who of the Coal Processing industry will assemble again. CPSA serves as the exclusive developer and provider of the technical sessions that are offered in conjunction with the vendor exhibits at the show. CPSA encourages all of its members to take advantage of the technical sessions as a way to further educate themselves or fellow employees about topics of interest.
The coal industry has seen tough times before, but we have always found a way to survive. It takes special talent and ingenuity to weather these types of situations. I have no doubt we will find a way to do so again. Let us dedicate ourselves to being part of the solution as we work safely and efficiently in the coming year.
Robert “Bob” Hollis