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Founded in 1854, Westmoreland Coal Company is a premier U.S. energy company with strong leadership, a solid foundation of tangible assets, and a proven strategy for growth. Having transitioned from predominantly eastern, underground coal production, the company’s current operations include surface coal mining complexes in three western states and power operations in North Carolina. Today, Westmoreland employs approximately 1,100 people in six states, produces approximately 25 million tons of coal, and generates 1.6 million megawatt hours of electric power annually.
Westmoreland Coal’s emphasis is on mine-mouth operations, which positions the company as the lowest-cost fuel supplier to some of the cleanest, most economical and highly utilized coal-fired, utility-owned power plants in the U.S. The company previously developed eight independent power projects, and currently owns 100% of two projects.
Westmoreland Coal needed to ensure that its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne application suite was compatible with third-party systems. The company also wanted to move to the latest version to take advantage of new functionality. Westmoreland Coal worked with Oracle Partners WTS and MSS Technologies to upgrade to Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0. With the new version, the company can more effectively track health and safety incidents and address them quickly.
Westmoreland also offered its employees self-service capabilities, improving employee satisfaction and reducing the burden on the company’s human resources department. In addition, with Oracle User Productivity Kit, Westmoreland Coal has improved training and documentation processes companywide.
Westmoreland Coal Company upgraded to Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0 in August 2010. The upgrade—including project planning, risk management, project costing, and integration management—took nine months from beginning to end, and it was on time and on budget. Westmoreland Coal worked with WTS (its hosting company) and MSS Technologies on the upgrade. The combined team documented the entire project, including costs, budget, and milestone dates, as well as scripting in Oracle User Productivity Kit.