A southwest Virginia company is bringing more than 800 coal jobs to the region.

Officials with Professional Contracting in Norton, Virginia tell us they are opening up five coal mines and two preparation plants in the region and need employees to fill several positions.

Company leaders say they're opening underground mines, surface mines and prep plants in Dickenson and Wise Counties in Virginia and in Harlan County, Kentucky.

Officials say they are looking to hire miners, foremen, mine rescue, dispatchers, scoop operators and more. Company leaders say their goal is to hire workers that were laid off.

So far, they say over 3,000 applications have been submitted. They say you must apply in person. You can do that at their office at 850 Park Avenue, Norton, Virginia.