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Mining People Magazine

istening to Jay Justice talk about growing up as

the son of West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice,

one thought comes to mind: he’s probably

understating how hard it was. Not because

his dad is famous enough to be a household

name, but because the hard-driving work ethic

that drove his dad’s success was also driven

hard into his children.

“It wasn’t an option to not work, and it wasn’t an option to

just kind of coast through life,” says Justice, the current

President and CEO of Bluestone Coal Corporation, the

company his grandfather founded in 1971. “My whole

career we worked seven days a week. It’s just what we

do, and my whole life that’s what Dad did – and that’s

what he still does.”

Even now, he says, his dad – the current governor of

West Virginia – is, when not busy with state business,

always working on some project or another. Idleness

has never been in this family’s playbook – even their

vacations are spent working, he says – and Jay Justice

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credits their success to this limitless dedication to work,

which persists on the bad days well as the good. For

them, work is a passion – and it’s a way of life.

“That’s just what we do, and it’s not something that’s a

drudgery,” he says. “I really, really enjoy what I do.”

Bluestone is not the only company the Justice family

owns; they also have Blackstone (formerly Southern

Coal), which is run by a longtime employee. Bluestone,

which is run by Jay Justice, produces about 2 million

tons a year of low vol and mid vol metallurgical coal. It

employs about 375 people. Blackstone, which is run by

a longtime employee, produces 1.5 million tons a year of

high vol A and steam coal and employs about 150.

The family also has other businesses, including

agricultural interests in five states and the Greenbrier, a

resort in the West Virginia mountains, which Jay Justice

says has bounced back after a flood devastated the area

in 2016.