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Thu September 11, 2008 - Midwest Edition
INA, Ill. (AP) Construction is under way on a new $1 million miner training site at Rend Lake College near the southern Illinois community of Ina.
The 20,000-sq.-ft. (1,860 sq m) complex will offer training of new coal miners and required in-service training for working miners.
The center will feature classrooms, offices and operational coal-mining equipment, including mining machines, roof bolters and shuttle cars. About half of the space will be used for a simulated underground coal mine.
It isn’t immediately clear how soon the training center will open.
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