LORAIN — Mike Emling is one of 17 workers who lost their jobs
Thursday when FirstEnergy Corp. flipped the switch on manual
operations at its Edgewater Plant downtown.
|John Maurice of Elyria fishes near
FirstEnergy’s Edgewater Plant in Lorain on
Emling, 45, of Avon, said he has worked the last two years of his
25-year tenure with the company in Unit 4, at 7101 W. Erie Ave. He
said some workers will opt to retire, some will take severance
packages and look elsewhere.
The company offered some workers a chance to relocate to a
facility on the Ohio River. Emling said he didn’t know what he would
“I worked 23 years at the Avon Lake plant until they sold it,” he
said. “I came here, and now they’re closing down. This deregulation
Ralph DiNicola, a FirstEnergy spokesman, said the deregulation of
the electricity business in January 2001 hasn’t led to economic
trouble for the company, but it may have led officials to trim the
fat a little.
“We’ve essentially reviewed all our operations in the last few
years,” he said, “making sure we’re structured and organized and
operating in a way that makes sense in a competitive
Built in 1919, the Edgewater Plant is one of the company’s
oldest. Three units operate there — two combustion turbines
controlled remotely from the West Lorain Plant and Unit 4, a
manually operated natural gas boiler. DiNicola said Unit 4 isn’t
“The efficiency is not up there with modern natural-gas-fired
units we’ve put on in recent years,” he said.
Unit 4 will go, he said, and the two remote turbines will
continue to operate at the site.
DiNicola didn’t know how many employees would be retained. He
said three have been offered other positions so far.
Mayor Craig Foltin wasn’t happy to hear the news.
“It isn’t going to break the city,” he said, “but it certainly
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