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Fri June 15, 2012
Joppa Power Plant to Cut Jobs
A coal-fired power plant in Massac County plans to cut nearly four dozen jobs in the next two months.
Energy Electric Inc. President Bill Sheppard says 19 of the 44 job cuts will be management personnel at the Joppa-based company. Twenty-five union workers in the company will be laid off Aug. 11. Sheppard says the reductions are fallout from the struggling economy and wholesale supplier prices that had fallen by 60 percent in 2008 and an additional 15 percent last year. He says drop-offs in the price of natural gas also are a factor. Sheppard calls the job cuts unfortunate. 233 employees work at the power plant.