Bob Sandidge has been in the coal industry for 40 years.
But he’s never seen it this bad.
"You turn around and one company lays off people, and another company just filed for bankruptcy and another company is cutting way back,"” he said.
The co-owner of S & L Industries in Saline County, Illinois, Sandidge does contract work in coal mines. He said even small business owners in the area are beginning to feel the effects of coal’s downturn.
"It’s been pretty quiet around here," he said.