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February Retirements

Illinois

James Neihoff retired Saturday, February 9, 2019 from Cook Coal Terminal, Metropolis, IL, after 41 years

 

Indiana

Victoria Russell retired Thursday, February 21, 2019 from One Summit Square, Ft. Wayne, IN, after 38 years

James Gadacz retired Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from South Bend Service Center, South Bend, IN, after 39 years

 

Kentucky

Karen Farris retired Friday, February 1, 2019 from Hazard Service Center, Hazard, KY, after 43 years

Kevin Brown retired Friday, February 1, 2019 from Robert E. Matthews Service Center, Ashland, KY, after 37 years

 

Louisiana

Jeffrey Crain retired Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from Shreveport Office, Shreveport, LA, after 27 years

Jackie Burgans retired Friday, February 15, 2019 from Shreveport Operations, Shreveport, LA, after 38 years

 

Michigan

Linda Alfieri retired Saturday, February 16, 2019 from St. Joe Office and Service Center, Benton Harbor, MI, after 24 years

Wayne McGlothlen retired Thursday, February 28, 2019 from St. Joe Office and Service Center, Benton Harbor, MI, after 38 years

John Carlson Jr. retired Saturday, February 16, 2019 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 38 years

David Miller retired Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 17 years

Robert Graham retired Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 27 years

Sherry Nimtz retired Thursday, February 7, 2019 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 31 years

Michael Payne retired Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, after 10 years

 

Ohio

Mark Shook retired Thursday, February 28, 2019 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 12 years

James Sorrell Jr. retired Saturday, February 23, 2019 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 29 years

David Waitkus retired Saturday, February 16, 2019 from AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, after 34 years

Richard Mayer retired Friday, February 1, 2019 from John E. Dolan Lab, Groveport, OH, after 40 years

John Johnson retired Friday, February 15, 2019 from Sandusky Transmission Service Center, Upper Sandusky, OH, after 48 years

Gregory King retired Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH, after 24 years

Kathleen Goedde retired Friday, February 1, 2019 from Lima Service Center, Lima, OH, after 41 years

Delores Adams retired Monday, February 4, 2019 from Chillicothe Service Center, Chillicothe, OH, after 13 years

Mark Conrad retired Friday, February 1, 2019 from Van Wert Service Center, Van Wert, OH, after 33 years

Barbara Martin retired Saturday, February 23, 2019 from Canton Eastern Regional Office, Canton, OH, after 44 years

Karen Paone retired Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from Canton Eastern Regional Office, Canton, OH, after 37 years

Russell Paone retired Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from Canton Eastern Regional Office, Canton, OH, after 21 years

Brian Brenot retired Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from AEP Transmission New Albany HQ, New Albany, OH after 11 years

Marc Ayle retired Friday, February 1, 2019 from AEP Ohio 700 Building, Gahanna, OH, after 22 years

Sara Rastegar retired Saturday, February 9, 2019 from New Albany Transmission Annex, New Albany, OH, after 11 years

 

Oklahoma

Michael McFarland retired Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from North Division Operations Center, Bartlesville, OK, after 34 years

Charles Lortz retired Thursday, February 21, 2019 from Northeastern Station 3 and 4, Oologah, OK, after 27 years

Alan Dean McLain retired Saturday, February 9, 2019 from Lawton Operations Center, Lawton, OK, after 13 years

 

Texas

Kenneth Fomby Jr. retired Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from Texarkana Operations, Texarkana, TX, after 37 years

Mark Kubala retired Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from El Campo Service Center, El Campo, TX, after 36 years

Tommy Wilson retired Friday, February 22, 2019 from Mt. Pleasant Construction, Mt. Pleasant, TX, after 37 years

Glenn Jones retired Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from Henderson Construction, Henderson, TX, after 11 years

Richard Gaytan retired Friday, February 1, 2019 from Bay City Service Center, Bay City, TX, after 19 years

Manuel Lopez retired Saturday, February 9, 2019 from Central Shops, Corpus Christi, TX, after 46 years

Juan Ramirez retired Friday, February 1, 2019 from Eagle Pass Service Center, Eagle Pass, TX, after 45 years

 

Virginia

Kenneth Lester retired Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from Floyd Service Center, Floyd, VA, after 32 years

Melvin Thorne Jr. retired Friday, February 1, 2019 from Glen Lyn/Pearisburg Service Center, Glen Lyn, VA, after 24 years

James Adams Jr. retired Saturday, February 16, 2019 from Lynchburg Service Center, Lynchburg, VA, after 32 years

Philip White retired Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA, after 41 years

Randy Kessler retired Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from John W. Vaughan Center, Roanoke, VA, after 40 years

 

West Virginia

Ronald Carte retired Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from Hico Service Center, Hico, WV, after 28 years

Jonathan Strickland retired Thursday, February 14, 2019 from Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, after 39 years

Rodney Pugh retired Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from Mitchell Plant, Cresap, WV, after 38 years

Homer Nance retired Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from Milton Office and Service Center, Milton, WV, after 40 years

Timmy Hood retired Thursday, February 21, 2019 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 37 years

James McKinley retired Thursday, February 21, 2019 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 29 years

David Grubbs retired Friday, February 1, 2019 from Mountaineer Plant, New Haven, WV, after 26 years

Mark Kuntz retired Friday, February 1, 2019 from River Transportation Division West, Columbia, WV, after 22 years

February Obits

Ohio

Vaughn Hinze, 99, retired, Portsmouth Service Center, Portsmouth, OH, died 2/25/2019

Robert Walters, 94, retired, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 2/25/2019

Ballard Howell 80 retired Gavin Cheshire OH died 2/23/2019

Geoffrey Campbell, 70, John E. Dolan Lab, Groveport, OH, died 2/18/2019

Michael McCullough, 72, Steubenville Service Center, Steubenville, OH, died 2/18/2019

George Harber, 76, retired, Columbus Underground Line, Columbus, OH, died 2/18/2019

Douglas Cottrell, 61, Gavin, Cheshire, OH, died 2/17/2019

Paul Constantine, 87, retired, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 2/17/2019

James Warner, 75, retired, Seaman Service Center, Seaman, OH died 2/17/2019

Paul Walton, 93, retired, Willard Service Center, Willard, OH, died 2/17/2019

Harry Petry, 77, New Philadelphia Service Bldg., New Philadelphia, OH, died 2/15/2019

William Cain, 86, retired, Cardinal Plant, Brilliant, OH, died 2/13/2019

Donald Trainer, 81, retired, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 2/12/2019

Harold Azallion, 90, retired, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 2/12/2019

Marilyn Beall, 84, retired, 850 Tech Center Bldg., Gahanna, OH, died 2/11/2019

Victor Smith, 78, 700 Building Gahanna, Gahanna, OH, died 2/10/2019

Robert Henderson, 81, retired, Muskingum River, Waterford, OH, died 2/9/2019

Emily Stein, 93, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, Canton, OH, died 2/9/2019

Arthur Pontones, 90, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, Canton, OH, died 2/5/2019

M. Frances Dingus, 91, retired, AEP Headquarters, Columbus, OH, died 2/4/2019

Edward Wilson, 72, retired, 850 Tech Center Bldg., Gahanna, OH, died 2/2/2019

Brenda Hickel, 67, Pomeroy Service Bldg., Pomeroy, OH, died 1/30/2019

Harvey Odell, 85, retired, Socco-Meigs Mine, Albany, OH, died 1/29/2019

Roy Hamilton, 91, retired, Socco-Meigs Mine, Albany, OH, died 1/24/2019

Harold Hoover, 78, retired, Columbus Northeast Service Center, Columbus, OH, died 12/20/2018

 

Michigan

Joe Johnson Sr., 87, retired, Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, MI, died 2/25/2019

Carl Bates, 86, retired, Buchanan Office/Service Center, Buchanan, MI, died 1/26/2019

 

Oklahoma

Henry Willis, 78, retired, Mid Metro, Tulsa, OK, died 2/20/2019

Jerry Jarrett, 78, retired, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/3/2019

Mary Potter, 75, retired, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 2/2/2019

Gerald Ishmael, 81, retired, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/31/2019

Jeanne Thompson, 72, Tulsa General Office, Tulsa, OK, died 1/31/2019

Lee Goforth, 74, retired, Northeastern Station 1 and 2, Oologah, OK, died 1/18/2017

Geary Phillips, 74, Northeastern Station 3 and 4, Oologah, OK, died 1/10/2019

 

Virginia

Donald Johnson, 69, Roanoke Service Bldg., Roanoke, VA, died 2/20/2019

 

Louisiana

Wendall Blair, 66, Central Maintenance Facility, Shreveport, LA, died 2/19/2019

Jerry Warren, 82, retired, Shreveport General Office, Shreveport, LA, died 2/5/2019

 

Texas

John Ross, 89, retired, Home Office, Corpus Christi, TX, died 2/10/2019

Asa Logan, 84, retired, Home Office, Corpus Christi, TX, died 2/4/2019

Coolidge Gerdes, 92, retired, Home Office, Corpus Christi, TX, died 1/29/2019

Weldon Davis, 85, retired, General Office, Abilene, TX, died 1/25/2019

 

West Virginia

Joseph Harris, 82, retired, Amos Plant, Winfield, WV, died 2/10/2019

Paul Hull, 92, retired, North Charleston Service Center, Charleston, WV, died 2/4/2019

Jerry Morgan, 80, retired, Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, died 1/23/2019

George Wolf, 95, retired, Sporn Plant, New Haven, WV, died 1/21/2019

 

Virginia

Marjorie Holley, 90, retired, Lynchburg Office, Lynchburg, VA, died 2/8/2019

Tivis Wright Jr., 82, retired, Abingdon Service Center, Abingdon, VA, died 2/5/2019

William Phipps, 71, retired, GlenLyn/Pearisburg Service Center, GlenLyn, VA, died 2/1/2019

 

New York

Walter Paulis, 96, retired, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY, died 2/5/2019

 

Indiana

Roland Marbeiter Jr., 91, retired, Elkhart Office/Service Bldg., Elkhart, IN, died 2/5/2019

AEP Retiree Serves 56 Years as Village Council Member

Ron Emerson at the Village of Yorkville sign.

Photo by: Ken Drenten

YORKVILLE, Ohio — The typical male AEP retiree is most likely content with playing some golf, enjoying family and grandchildren, doing some traveling and volunteer work, and keeping in touch with friends.

Ron Emerson, who retired from AEP in 1993 after a 45-year career, has done those things and then some. As of March 15, he will have spent 56 years as a member of the Yorkville Village Council.

The village of about 1,200 people, located along State Route 7 and the Ohio River between Martins Ferry and Steubenville, has been in existence since 1916. Emerson, 88, has had a direct impact on Yorkville for more than half the time the village has been incorporated.

After starting his political career in 1963 by filling the unexpired term of a council member who had passed away, he has served under eight different mayors and has been elected to 14 consecutive four-year terms.

“I’m thinking seriously about running again this fall,” he said. “I love to do this. It keeps me busy. That’s why I do it, to stay involved.”

Growing up in nearby Tiltonsville, Ohio, and graduating from Warren Consolidated High School, some of his earliest memories are of hitting golf balls. He gained a reputation as an excellent prep golfer, winning medals, tournaments and titles while in high school.

His friendships on the golf course led to an opportunity with Ohio Power.

In 1948, Emerson was hired into the Ohio Power Co. at the age of 18 as a laborer at Tidd Plant. He worked in various departments including the plant’s laboratory. In 1975 he was promoted to safety coordinator, working out of the Canton office and traveling to generating plants including Philo, Muskingum River, Kammer-Mitchell and Gavin. In 1985, he began working in Human Resources at Cardinal Plant.

“I never missed a day of work,” he said. “I also won a lot of AEP golf tournaments, including four golf tournaments at six different power plants. Over the years, I’ve won more than 30 tournaments.”

Yorkville is located between State Route 7 and the Ohio River.

After retiring as HR manager at Cardinal in 1993, he continued to golf in amateur competitions, scoring a hole in one followed by an eagle (two strokes) on the very next hole, and, on another course, setting a course record in competition. Recently, due to health reasons, he has had to give up golfing but he hopes to get back on the course again soon.

His service to the community has continued throughout the years. Over time, his work as a council member has resulted in many civic improvements, including a walking track at the high school stadium, funding for new sidewalks in the village, new equipment for the fire and police departments, street repaving projects, and two more projects that he is especially pleased to have been part of.

He was instrumental in the late 1990s in helping bring a new steel mill and new jobs to the community. With a set of 10-year tax incentives from the village, the Ohio Coatings Co. mill continues to operate today, a rarity in the Ohio Valley.

The most meaningful project was working with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars to establish a monument to all war veterans, along with a World War II-era cannon, located at the village hall. The monument is special to him because his brother was killed in action in France in World War II.

“It’s a beautiful marble monument, and my wife Sally and I have undertaken the task of taking care of the monument, to do cleaning, waxing, and making sure flowers are planted,” he said. He also arranged for funding for the monument’s electric light.

The cannon was procured from a U.S. Army depot in Chambersburg, Pa. There is a certain amount of upkeep required on the cannon because it is still in fact owned by the U.S. government. “The village does not own the cannon — the Army can take it back if it’s ever needed,” he said with a chuckle.

Emerson was named the village historian when Yorkville celebrated its centennial in 2016, gathering memorabilia and speaking about the town’s history. “While I was researching the village’s history, I found a book that described the first council meeting,” he said. “There were no laws, no police, so that first meeting was about creating laws and what was needed to form a police department.”

In retirement, he and Sally are members of the Ohio State Buckeye Club and the Buckeye Boosters Club, and travel to many OSU football games; they help at the local food pantry, and enjoy get-togethers with their four children, 10 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

Among his most memorable trips are to the Dominican Republic for a nephew’s wedding, and to the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., to watch the Buckeyes win the 2002 National Championship. He is a member of the Yorkville Fire Department, has been involved with Relay For Life, and he meets friends every week at the Fairway Four Restaurant.

On June 20, 2013, he was recognized by the Ohio Senate for more than 50 years of service to his community as a council member.

“I don’t want to sit around and watch TV all the time. I just want to keep going,” he said. “Whatever I can do for the village, I’ll do it.”

Obituaries

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January Retirements

AEP Texas Electrician Biked 103,740 Miles During Career

Manuel “Manny” Lopez didn’t ride his bike to work at AEP Texas his entire 46-year career, just the last 38 years.

He was a meter reader at first, and the long days spent walking kept him fit. When Lopez took a job as a meter lab electrician, he said he needed to find a new way to stay active. So he started cycling to and from work, a 13-mile round trip.

Safety is important to Lopez, so he wears a helmet, gloves, and never rides in the rain. He figures he commuted on bike 5 days a week, 42 weeks a year, for 38 years until his retirement earlier this month. That’s 103,740 miles on two wheels.

“I’m going to miss riding to work,” Lopez said, “but I’m still going to ride, that’s part of my lifestyle.”

Sthultz Named Commander of Refueling Aircraft Maintenance Group

Lt. Col. Trevor Sthultz (right), accepts the guidon of the 914th Maintenance Group from the Wing Commander in a change of command ceremony.

People who are acquainted with Trevor Sthultz, continuous improvement lead in Regulated Commercial Operations, know him at AEP for his roles in change management, strategic problem solving, continuous improvement and leadership.

What they may not know is that he uses those same skills in a new responsibility he has as lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He was recently named group commander of the 914th Maintenance Group, in command of eight KC-135 refueling aircraft stationed at Niagara Air Reserve Station, New York.

The opportunity to serve as group commander is unusual in the reserves, as this position is typically led by a “full bird” colonel. In this role, Sthultz is responsible for equipping, training, and ensuring the combat readiness of approximately 280 personnel assigned to the group and two subordinate squadrons.

His military career goes back more than 20 years. Sthultz was commissioned in 1999 after graduation from Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Texas Tech University, continuing in active duty until 2008, when he entered the reserves. As a reservist, Sthultz deployed to the Middle East for five months in 2016 to lead a team of 70 maintainers and four C-130 cargo aircraft in combat support operations.

Trevor Sthultz

“There are numerous parallels between my AEP career and my military career,” he said. “I intentionally sought employment with AEP due to their strong support of the military and their excellent reputation in the energy industry.”

At AEP, where he has worked for 12 years, he helped initiate, organize and lead the Military Veterans Employee Resource Group.

He credits a lot of his teams’ successes in the military and at AEP by practicing the “performance pathway” — he understands how leadership creates the culture that drives the behavior that produces the results.

“In the military and at AEP, I enjoy work that cultivates a positive and productive culture, and leading teams to continually improve processes,” he said. “I use skillsets I’ve learned in my military career at AEP, and vice-versa.”

His current reserve service requires a lengthy commute from Columbus, Ohio, to the base at Niagara Falls, New York. He transferred bases from Ohio to New York in early 2013 and drives to Niagara Falls each month. In his commute over the past six years, he’s driven more than 44,000 miles to perform his military duties.

Among the many accomplishments of his military career are being named Officer of the Year at the group and squadron levels, being an aide to a four-star general, and being a published author. Over the years, he has risen in rank from second lieutenant (1999), first lieutenant (2001), captain (2003), major (2008) and lieutenant colonel (2014). He has earned numerous military awards and decorations, including Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and has served in Puerto Rico, Spain, Germany, United Arab Emirates and Qatar with other official travel to Afghanistan, Iraq, Thailand, Korea, Greece, Japan and several other countries.

About the KC-135

The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the U.S. Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 60 years. Its unique mission uses a flying boom and trailing drogue attachment to refuel aircraft in midair. The heavily modified Boeing 707 has a maximum transfer fuel load capability of 200,000 pounds and maximum cargo capability of 83,000 pounds. It has a top speed of 530 miles per hour, maximum ceiling of 50,000 feet, and range of 1,500 miles.

(Source: U.S. Air Force)

Obituaries

AEP River Transportation Division
Nola Gray, 83, River Transportation Division, died December 7.

AEP Service Corporation
Andrew Varley, 83, retired, died November 19.

AEP Ohio
Jimmy Salyer, 85, retired, Socco-Meigs Mine, died on December 17
Floyd Cales, 69, retired, Athens Office & Service Center died on November 28
Peter Tiberio II, 75, Cardinal Plant, died on December 15
Paul Iler, 95, retired, Bucyrus Service Center, died on December 4
Robert Harrison, 82, retired, Canton Estrn Reg Office, died on December 6
James Lane, 76, retired, Chlicthe Trans/Telecom, died on December 17
Richard Bennett Jr., 61, Region Meter Serv-Columbus Minerva Annex, died on December 12
Robert Maynard, 79, retired, Columbus SW Service Center, died on November 21
James Roahrig, 91, retired, Coshocton Office Building, died on October 25
John Phillips, 88, retired, 850 Tech Center Building, died on December 7
Elizabeth Pryor, 94, retired, 850 Tech Center Building, died on December 18
William Stanley, 89, retired, Lancaster Office Building, died on December 2
Leonard Glaub, 81, retired, Zanesville Office, died on December 19

AEP Texas
Wallace Brimer, 81, retired, Abilene General Office, died on December 20.
Thomas Flint, 76, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died November 30.
Lois Leifeste, 87, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died December 14.
Donald Vanderhoof, 85, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died November 27.
Manuel Sanchez, 66, Knox Lee Plant, died December 12.

Appalachian Power Company
William Tignor, 66, retired, Clinch River Plant, died on December 17
Richard Blevins, 89, retired, Pulaski Service Center, died on December 5.
Thomas Barnett Jr., 99, retired, Roanoke Main Office, died on December 4.
Jean Lavender, 87, retired, Beckley Office, died on December 4.
Ronald Pinson, 77, retired, Huntington Service Center, died on December 10.
William Waldron, 67, Welch Service Center, died on December 15.
Andrew Weisal, 80, retired, Wheeling Service Building, died on December 15.
Mary Cash, 86, retired, Amos Plant, died on December 10.

Indiana Michigan Power Company
Steven Stronczek, 76, retired, Northeast Service Center, died on November 29
Norbert Kopinski, 88, retired, South Bend Service Center, died on November 23
Beatrice Kimball, 92, retired, St Joe Office & Service Center, died on December 10
Charlene Marsh, 72, Buchanan Nuclear Office, died on December 20

Kentucky Power Company
Robert James, 65, Robert E Matthews Service Center, died on December 11

Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Donnie Shotts, 66, Hobart, died on November 28
Lloyd Hurt, 85, retired, Tulsa General Office, died on December 6
Larry Shaver, 73, retired, Tulsa General Office, died on December 19
A R Zimmerman, 93, retired, Tulsa General Office, died on December 13
Roderick Johnson, 65, Weatherford Plant, died on December 2

Southwestern Electric Power Company
Sherman Giles Jr., 81, retired, Shreveport General Office, died on December 12
George Hollis, 84, retired, Shreveport General Office, died on December 8

December Retirements

AEP Ohio
Donald Guisinger Jr., Athens Office & Service Center, retired December 1 after 38 years of service.
Michael Wilson, Lima Service Center, retired December 1 after 38 years of service.

AEP River Transportation Division
Timothy Lucas, River Transportation Division, retired December 1 after 41 years of service.
Catherine Neville, River Transportation Division, retired December 1 after 12 years of service.
James Triplett, River Transportation Division, retired December 1 after 40 years of service.

AEP Service Corporation
Paul Burdeaux, Renaissance Tower, retired December 1 after 33 years of service.
Mark Coleman, AEP Headquarters, retired December 1 after 38 years of service.
Gregory Luzio, AEP Headquarters, retired December 15 after 41 years of service.

AEP Texas
Jose Mendietta, Alice Service Center, retired December 29 after 40 years of service.
Mary Newman, San Angelo Service Center, retired December 15 after 33 years of service.

Appalachian Power Company
Joan Leftwich, Bluefield Service Center, retired December 1 after 41 years of service.
Timothy Rogers, Roanoke Service Building, retired December 1 after 36 years of service.
James Rucker Jr., Roanoke Service Building, retired December 1 after 37 years of service.
Ike Spangler, Roanoke Service Building, retired December 1 after 39 years of service.

Generation
David Boyd, Gavin Plant, retired December 1 after 42 years of service.
Jeffrey Hastings, Rockport Plant, retired December 1 after 41 years of service.
David Tulloh, Mountaineer Plant, retired December 1 after 48 years of service.
Robert White, Clinch River Plant, retired December 1 after 29 years of service.

Kentucky Power Company
Marshall Collett, Hazard Service Center, retired December 1 after 43 years of service.

Southwestern Electric Power Company
Charles Rummel Jr., Greenwood Service Center, retired December 27 after 13 years of service.

Transmission
Tony Harvey, John W. Vaughan Center, retired December 1 after 24 years of service.
David Pfirsch, Bucyrus Service Center, retired December 1 after 42 years of service.

New Lights for the New Year

In December 2018, SWEPCO presented the Strand Theatre with a $13,725.68 check to help the nonprofit upgrade its lighting to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This project and monetary incentive are part of SWEPCO’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Program.

Cumulatively, the Strand replaced approximately 2,000 bulbs within the facility’s offices, auditorium, dressing rooms, lobby, foyer, storage rooms, box office and more. LEDs have a much longer lifespan and very low maintenance costs compared to fluorescent or incandescent lighting.

The theatre will see an estimated 20 percent savings on its SWEPCO bills, based upon past usage and new savings as a result of the lighting upgrade. Additionally, theatre staff will reduce the amount of labor and time required to change bulbs within the facility.

“Anything we can do to reduce costs and maintenance is valuable since our building dates back to 1925,” said Jenifer Hill, executive director for the Strand Theatre. “The energy efficiency program from SWEPCO is incredibly helpful.”

SWEPCO also has an energy efficiency program for its residential customers, which includes incentives for lighting, heating/cooling system upgrades, weatherization and more. Additional information on these programs is available at SWEPCO.com/Save.