FirstEnergy to Locate Mobile Maintenance Group in Western Pennsylvania

Sunday, May 22, 2011

AKRON, Ohio, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) today announced plans to locate a power plant maintenance team in Western Pennsylvania.

The Mobile Maintenance Group will support the safe, reliable and efficient operation of FirstEnergy's electric generating plants. The group's 39 maintenance and outage support employees will be based in Rostraver Township, Pa., which demonstrates FirstEnergy's commitment to maintain jobs in Westmoreland County following its recent merger with Allegheny Energy.

"The Mobile Maintenance group will allow us to dispatch skilled, experienced employees wherever and whenever they are needed," said George Farah, vice president, Fossil Engineering and Construction. "From installing motors to assisting with plant outages, the new group will bring a fleet approach to our maintenance work and support the reliable operation of our generating plants."

A best practice identified by the FirstEnergy-Allegheny Energy employee merger integration teams, the mobile workforce will lower costs and provide operational flexibility. Scheduled for completion in the third quarter, the Rostraver facility will consist of office and warehouse space as well as an area to repair equipment.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its ten electric distribution companies comprise the nation's largest investor-owned electric system. Its diverse generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed baseload coal, natural gas, and pumped- storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total generating capacity of over 23,000 megawatts.