Russell Drives Into Retirement

Russell Jones, a Dump Truck driver at Ffos-y-fran, has hung up his keys for the final time. Russell was one of the first drivers to join the company at the start of the Ffos-y-fran project in 2007 and has been a valued and popular member of the production team. Russell has contributed massively with his many years of plant experience. We caught up with Russell as he started his retirement.

Russell said “A local job was important to me, and that’s why I jumped at the chance to work for Miller Argent. I worked for Celtic Mining before joining Miller Argent, and the team here have been fantastic. I already had a CITB qualification to enable me to drive the trucks, but Miller Argent wanted me to expand my skills, so they gave me some extra training from their in house training scheme.”

“There’s a lot more technology involved these days, and everything is a lot safer than it was when I first started in mining. I liked working at Ffos-Y-fran, and everyone I worked with really made the job enjoyable.”

“I really hope Miller Argent gets Nant Llesg off the ground as it will provide much needed quality jobs in the area, something we’ve really lacked and I was grateful for.”

Robert Jones, Operations Director of Miller Argent, said “Russell has been with us since the start of the Ffos-y-fran project in 2007. We’re all sad to see him go, but we wish him all the best and a long and happy retirement.”

To mark the occasion Russell was presented with a replica Dump Truck made from Ffos-y-fran coal and a bottle of Penderyn whisky by Robert Jones the Operations Director.