Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, visited July 11 a small Hanover business that is impacted by “the war on coal.”
Farmer Machine Co. Inc., a local metal fabrication business, is indirectly affected by the coal industry but can still feel the burn because one of their customers is the railroad industry.
“A portion of [the railroad industry’s] business is transportation of coal and so as less coal is transported, less fabrication is required,” said Will Farmer, the company’s president and owner. “It directly affects us.”
Farmer added that his company primarily helps the railroad industry with maintenance and fabrication but also helps with repairs on rail carts and railways.
Cuccinelli said Farmer’s business is impacted because of the “trickle down system.”
Cuccinelli also told Farmer, and a small audience gathered at the Sliding Ridge Road-based business, that areas in Virginia other than Southwestern Virginia, where coal is heavily mined, are affected by “the war on coal.”
“It’s worth remembering those folks are in Appalachia, one of the poorest parts of America but the ‘war on coal’ is a war on the poor and it effects our middle class and the job opportunities way outside of southwest Virginia,” he said.
“You guys, [Farmer Machine Co. Inc.], are a great example of that,” Cuccinelli added.
Cuccinelli’s Small Business Coalition advisors reached out to a number of various businesses, like Farmer’s, around the state as a part of his Virginia jobs tour and campaign for governor.