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Southwest Virginia looks to the future as the region shifts from coal

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After decades in the coal industry, Lawrence Brothers Inc. of Bluefield now focuses on building battery boxes for the warehousing industry.

The next few months could tell a lot about industry in Southwest Virginia.
A once booming region for coal could soon be making parts for wind farms, and batteries for electric cars.

Reporter Megan Schnabel recently wrote about separate studies for the online journal Cardinal News. She talked with Morning Edition Host Jeff Bossert.