Mining is a big part of Franklin County’s history
Coal is one of Franklin County’s largest industries with two active underground mines. Several coal-related product and service companies are located in the county to meet the needs of underground mining. Foresight Energy’s coal reserves are located in central and southern Illinois. The thick coal seams and consistent geology are well suited to support highly productive and low-cost longwall mine work. These mines consistently rank among the most productive underground mines in the U.S. as measured by clean tons per man-hour worked.