Former miner opens truck shop in Sissonville
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. —
Although many people have lost jobs in the coal mining industry recently, there have been some success stories.
Former miner Matt Dolin is the owner of D&D Truck Shop in Sissonville. He's trying to stay positive, even though he's facing a harsh reality.
"It's tough, you can see the business shutting down all around you," Dolin said.
Dolin was a VIP at the Governor's State of the State, where he was recognized as a coal miner who had lost his job. Unlike many other laid-off miners who are moving out of state, Dolin chose to stay and start his own business.
That's where D&D Truck Shop comes in.
"Mechanics are all certified, they know how to re-build engines on all diesel trucks. Do transmissions, rear-ends, they do just about everything on any kind of truck," Dolin said.
Dolin started working in the mines right out of high school. Fourteen years in, and Dolin could no longer fight, what he calls, "the inevitable fate of the coal industry."
"You could see the end of it coming," Dolin said. "So, I just tried to start putting stuff together."
Trying to keep laid-off workers in state, and put them back to work is a Dolin family affair.
Dolin's mom, Catherine Dolin, works as the office manager at the truck stop.
"These are our roots," Catherine Dolin said. "We want to stay here, and we wanted to make a difference and help as many people as we could in the coal industry."
But in order to do that, they need some help.
"We need a lot of work from other big fleets, trying to get tied up with the state on the state road trucks and stuff," Catherine Dolin said. "We could work on all their salt spreaders and all the equipment they have."
Hopefully, Dolin's dream of putting people to work can come true.
"There are a lot of them out there that need jobs, and if I can somehow pull it off, I'll give it a whirl," Catherine Dolin said.
If you'd like to contact D&D for business, you can check out their website at www.DandDTruckShop.com, or call 304-988-0000.