John Schroder has been named general manager of Mill Creek-based Carter Roag Coal Co., a subsidiary of United Coal Co. He joined UCC in 2006 as a production coordinator, later serving as mine manager/superintendent at the Mill Creek facility.
As general manager, Schroder is responsible for the daily operations of coal production and preparation. His responsibilities also include managing all division employees, contractor support and company budgets, as well as reviewing and analyzing company costs and financial results. He reports to the vice president of underground mining.
"John is a talented leader who has accumulated an impressive record in the industry," said Michael Zervos, president and CEO of United Coal, headquartered in Teays Valley. "We look forward to benefiting from his continued leadership at Carter Roag."
Schroder most recently served as technical assistant to the president of UCC's West Virginia operations, covering both Carter Roag and Pocahontas Coal companies. Prior to joining UCC, he was employed in leadership roles at Drummond Co., a mining operation in Adger, Ala. His experience includes coordinator and foreman positions at Oak Grove Mining, also in Adger, and at Pinnacle Mining and U.S. Steel Mining, both in Pineville. He began his career as a co-op summer student working as a general laborer in various underground and surface coal mines, preparing engineering projects and surveying with engineering crews.
"It's an honor to be part of the teams at Carter Roag and United Coal," Schroder said. "We've had great success in improving safety, productivity and efficiency, and I am excited that we are pursuing even higher standards."
A native of Bluefield, Schroder holds a bachelor's in mining engineering from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. He is a certified West Virginia underground mine foreman and Alabama underground mine foreman.
Schroder and his wife, Kelli, are the parents of an 8-month-old son and reside in Beckley.
UCC is a privately held company with subsidiaries in West Virginia, Virginia and Eastern Kentucky.