Every year the IMI holds an annual meeting and expo to have the opportunity to show-case our region and the benefits of coal. However, this year the event will be called the Illinois Basin Coal and Mining Expo to combine the IMI counterparts in Indiana and Kentucky making the show even better than before. The IMI, Indiana Coal Council, Hoosiers Count on Coal, and Kentucky Coal Association are all organizations that promote mining-related activities. Our members are industry professionals throughout the Illinois Basin, including educators, and state and governmental organizations.
This year marked the 125th year of the Illinois Mining Institute. The IMI Annual Event was held at the Marion Pavilion on August 29 & 30, 2017. The event brought nearly 500 people, 45 vendors and 13 mine rescue teams, to attend the events planned for the 2017 Meeting meeting. As education is an important aspect of the IMI, nearly 100 kids from four schools were able to attend and learn about the mining industry. Even with lower attendance, the event was still a huge success!
The event started with a golf tournament and expo hours and was followed by the first ever “Casino Night”. This gave vendors and participants alike a great chance to network while playing their casino favorites. Wednesday started with the all day expo and mine rescue competition. The event was concluded by live music and dinner at Black Diamond Harley Davidson.
We cannot wait to see where next year will take us!
Congress has proclaimed December 6 as National Miners Day. Miners both past and present through their dedication and sacrifices have laid the ground work for present improvements in mine safety and have ultimately improved the way of life for all here in the United States. On this coming Sunday, please let us all take a moment to remember the lives lost, the time given and dedication provided by both past and present individuals in the mining industry.
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Written By: Roger Kratochvil
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