A $19 million coal mine entrance opened Wednesday in west Alabama.
WAAY 31 learned it will help speed up the process of mining coal at one facility in the state.
Warrior Met Coal's operation is bringing more than 1,000 jobs to the town of Brookwood in Tuscaloosa County.
It's going to help speed up the mining process that takes place up to 2,100 feet underground.
The company told us at full capacity it will be able to mine 8 million tons of coal each year.
The coal the company is mining is an ingredient required to make steel.
Some of that coal will travel across the world, but it will also make it's way to north Alabama to be used for the steel that's processed there.
"Alabama's fortunate to have such a large supply of high quality coking coal ultimately without it the steel operations in Alabama couldn't operate without coking coal," said Patrick Cagle with the Alabama Coal Association.
Cagle told WAAY 31 there are two steel manufacturers in north Alabama. He said one is in Albertville the other in Decatur.
Both manufacturers should benefit from the facility becoming more efficient, according to Cagle.
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