Murray plays host to Rotarians

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Murray Energy Corp. hosted the St. Clairsville Rotary Club meeting Tuesday at its new corporate headquarters, located just west of the city.

“We are happy to be investing in St. Clairsville and here in the community,” said Gary M. Broadbent, assistant general counsel and media director for Murray Energy Corporation. “(The Rotary Club) are people who are involved in the community and many of whom are business leaders. Mr. Murray was a long-time member of the rotary and this is an opportunity to introduce ourselves to some good people.”

Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy and a long-time rotary member, provided lunch for the rotary club along with a video presentation, narrated by Murray himself. The video detailed the process of longwall mining and how the Murray Energy Corp. makes the equipment it uses in the mines.

“Rotary is very special to me,” said Murray. “Belmont, Bethesda and Morristown rotaries, when they existed, offered to send me to medical school and they raised $12,500.”

The rotaries offered Murray this chance as long as he came back to replace a doctor who was retiring.

At the same time, he also was awarded a mining engineer scholarship. The rotaries also provided him with 32 lawns to mow so that he could support his mother and father.

“I have been a rotary member in Bismarck, N.D., and Bethesda in the past,” said Murray. “I have been a Rotarian more years than I have not been.”

The lunch and video presentation were followed up by a tour of the new facility, led by Murray himself.

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