Coalfield Connection is the brainchild of James Hager, a self-employed contractor with 20+ years of service to the mining industry.
The inspiration behind the publication was born several years ago.
While working a contracted job for a mining company, James
employees incurred a breakdown and needed a specific part to get back on track.
knew the part was readily available, relatively close to the job.
Unfortunately, it was late in the day on a Friday, and all of the contacts in his
personal directory were unavailable.
Instead of finishing the project, James
crew were forced to halt operations and wait until Monday morning to begin locating the part needed- thus losing time and money.
Consequently, the concept for a directory to service the coal and mining industry was born.
The concept was simple: provide a directory for the end user, the operator or mining professional, that contains contact information for the larger international companies as well as the smaller, regional companies, and everything in between.
asked his brother Shane Hager and his life-long friend David Pinson, to transform his idea from concept to reality.