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19 Potomac Edison storeroom employees to get new positions

June 22, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com

As Potomac Edison converts storage space to offices at its new regional headquarters near Williamsport, about 19 storeroom employees there will be transferred to other positions with the company next spring, Potomac Edison spokesman Todd Meyers said.

Following Allegheny Energy’s merger with FirstEnergy in February, the new company, which operates as Potomac Edison in Maryland, established its regional headquarters at what had been an Allegheny Power service center on Bower Avenue near Williamsport.

The company also decided to close a storeroom there that houses spare equipment such as poles, transformers and storm cleanup equipment for the Maryland service territory, Meyers said.

Much of that inventory will be moved to storerooms in Connellsville, Pa., and outside of Reading, Pa., he said.

Enough equipment will remain at the Williamsport facility to handle “garden-variety outages” and to provide an initial response to problems, Meyers said.

“It’s just if you need large amounts of things, it’s going to be a couple hours up the highway,” he said.

The closure is slated for spring 2012, Meyers said.

Some of the 19 storeroom employees affected will be offered storeroom positions in other service centers, while others might take meter reader or lineman jobs, depending on their skills, he said.

Meanwhile, the company has been in the process of expanding its administrative staff at the new headquarters, adding positions such as human resources, engineering and lobbying jobs, Meyers said.

What was a staff of 130 at the Williamsport-area site will expand by about 40 people when the hiring is complete, he said.

“How do you get all those folks in the building? What you need to do is clear out a lot of the warehouse materials and do some significant renovations,” he said.

The multimillion-dollar renovation project is expected to start in July, he said.

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