BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony nearly 2,000 feet underground on Friday.

The Buchanan Mine Complex is reachable by a 4.5-minute descent in an elevator; it is stationed 1,819 feet underground — in comparison, the Empire State Building stands 1,454 feet tall.

Youngkin had previously announced in August that Coronado Global Resources will add 181 jobs and invest $169.1 million in the mine complex for metallurgical coal production for the global steel industry.

A spokesperson said Friday’s event marked the first underground ribbon-cutting in Virginia with a governor present.