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                             ROBERT E. MURRAY

                             1940 – Present

Robert E. Murray Inductee #243

Mr. Robert  E. (Bob) Murray worked his way through every aspect of the industry to build the largest privately held underground coal mining and river and ocean shipment operations in the world. Starting with only one mine, he is the Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Murray Energy Corporation and its Subsidiaries, a group of privately held coal mining, sales, and transloading companies. Murray Energy currently produces about seventy-six million tons of bituminous coal annually and directly employs about 6,500 people in six U.S. states and in Colombia, South America. University studies show that up to eleven spin-off jobs are created to supply the goods and services needed by coal mines and their direct employees. Consequently, Mr. Murray’s companies are responsible for the creation of tens-of-thousands of jobs nationwide and elsewhere.

Before forming Murray Energy, Mr. Murray had a prestigious career with The North American Coal Corporation for thirty-one years, serving in all levels of management and ultimately as President and Chief Executive Officer. He started with North American while studying mining engineering at The Ohio State University and worked his way through virtually all engineering and operations positions until he was named Vice President-Operations in 1969. In this position, he was instrumental in marketing, assembling and building the Company’s large lignite reserves in North Dakota and Texas and in negotiating long-term coal sales arrangements for them that are still in effect.


From 1974 to 1983, Mr. Murray, also a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School AMP program, served as President of North American's Western Division and four subsidiary companies in North Dakota. In 1983, he returned to corporate headquarters in Cleveland as Executive Vice President-Operations, President and Chief Operating Officer and then President and Chief Executive Officer of North American and its subsidiaries. He left North American in 1987 to form Murray Energy.


During his sixty-year mining career, Mr. Murray has received numerous safety, educational, engineering, leadership, professional, and philanthropic awards. He was past President of AIME and SME and has served as a leader and Board member for several national and state coal trade associations. He is a recognized authority on matters affecting the coal and minerals industries before Congress, the Administration and regulatory and other government agencies.  He is a respected spokesman on electricity availability, reliability, and affordability; on how political actions and regulations can adversely affect the electric power grid and consequently the economies of many regions of the country; and on what must be done to help preserve the coal mining industry and protect those jobs that provide affordable, reliable electricity to America.


Mr. Murray, a professional engineer and private pilot, is a devoted family man who is well known for his philanthropic contributions to his local communities, the Boy Scouts of America, The Salvation Army, his church, to major universities and mining departments and to the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME).  Throughout his career, he has always shown a very deep commitment to the safety of his employees and the welfare of his coal mining families. 


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