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Mike Crowder from "Coal" stars in the Spike TV reality docu-series about coal miners.

Mike Crowder and his partner, Tom Roberts, own Cobalt Mine in Westchester, West Virginia. Crowder and Roberts face pressure every minute of every day not only to keep the mine up and running, but also to keep their workers safe in a highly combustible environment where one wrong move could prove deadly. The duo leads more than 40 machine operators, foremen, electricians and coal truck drivers in one of the most dangerous workplaces on the planet, underneath the mountains of Appalachia.

Crowder is a loyal family man and requires the support of his loved ones to tackle the daily demands of the mine. Crowder learned to get his hands dirty at a young age, growing up the son of a tire shop owner. A former college football star, Crowder worked as a computer consultant for 20 years until he went into business with Tom in 2007. The pair struck up a coal mining partnership while watching their sons practice football.

Crowder is the businessman in the operation. His two constant headaches on the job are the mechanical breakdowns and keeping up-to-date with the federal regulatory requirements of the mining industry to keep the mine in compliance and working. Cobalt Coal's goal is to mine 6-8,000 clean tons of coal a month. Every breakdown, of which there are many, or violation costs the mine much needed revenue. Mike puts in a lot of time trying to minimize those losses, but it's a tough and constant battle.

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Where does Mike Crowder live? Find out here.

Current Residence: Westchester, WV

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