Western Services owner Doug Cox looks at a copy of a check from Blackjewel LLC for more than $61,000 that bounced after Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy in July 2019. In all, the company, run by former CEO Jeff Hoops Sr., went under owing Cox’s company more than $126,000, a financial hit he says nearly shuttered the business and one he’s still recovering from.
Doug Cox, above, stands for a portrait at his Gillette-based business, Western Services. Below, he shows a copy of a check Blackjewel LLC gave him just days before the company filed for bankruptcy. The next week, Cox got a call from his bank saying the check bounced.
Earl and Elizabeth Elliott hold each other as they attend a meeting of local and state officials as they discuss how to respond to the closing of Blackjewel LLC’s Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines. The July 1, 2019, lockout put nearly 600 employees out of work.
Former Blackjewel LLC CEO Jeffrey Hoops Sr. is fighting with the company’s estate in bankruptcy court for millions he says is owed in personal loans he made to the company. But in a court filing, Blackjewel attorneys allege Hoops and his businesses mismanaged the company into bankruptcy while lining his pockets.
Courtesy File Photo/Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, W.Va.