LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) -- A new company that plans to make mine refuge chambers has announced it will hire 35 full-time workers for its operation in Lancaster in central Kentucky.
A statement from Gov. Steve Beshear says Mine Shields LLC will invest more than $3 million.
The company plans to manufacture a mine refuge chamber that will be able to secure underground miners for at least four days.
Beshear cited the West Virginia mine disaster that killed 25 people this week, saying the chambers Mine Shields will make are designed to save lives underground.