WVCA member, Blackhawk Mining, LLC, finalized the acquisition of six Patriot Coal mining complexes in southern West Virginia, including the Wells, Panther, Paint Creek, Rocklick, Kanawha Eagle and Midland Trail complexes. After interviews and briefings in Charleston for all former Patriot employees at these complexes, Jesse Parrish, vice president of Blackhawk Mining, said they hope to have the majority of them rehired.