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 St Louis Company Designated 'Web Smart' by Business Week
By: Darin "Sid" Cameron, CRS
Mon, Nov 21st, 2005 8:09 pm

Just published an Arch Coal press release over in the News Section of the website.  But one of the knocks I frequently hear about the Saint Louis area is we're not a city with a lot of forward-thinking business leaders.

Well, here a local company that's been named as one the 50 most "Web Smart" companies in the US!  Yes, Creve Coeur based Arch Coal (NYSE:ACI) was named by Business Week magazine to this year's Web Smart 50 list as a management pacesetter.

"The Web Smart 50 highlights the quiet innovation going on inside organizations," said the article in the November 21 issue of Business Week. "These companies are profoundly altering the business landscape."

Arch Coal was recognized as a "Web Smart 50" company for employing the latest technology to streamline its largest coal mining operation. Arch Coal installed a central dispatching system that relies on a global positioning system (GPS) to track and monitor the location of major mining equipment. Using an IP-based network, the computer dispatcher can optimize equipment utilization by rerouting trucks before bottlenecks occur.

By harnessing technology, Arch Coal saw a 10% efficiency improvement at their mine and also eliminated the need to acquire additional trucks. So what does that mean?  The result was an impressive expense savings of roughly $3.6 million annually, AND the company was able to deferral $9 million in capital spending!

Earlier this year, Arch Coal won another technology award, the CIO 100 award, for improving efficiencies through the resourceful use of information technologies.

About Arch Coal...

St. Louis area-based Arch Coal is the nation's second largest coal producer and mines low-sulfur coal exclusively.  They provide the fuel for approximately 7 percent of the electricity generated in the United States.

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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