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Southeast Missouri-Northeast Arkansas

Photo of outside operator Darnell with this key word, Opportunity, and this quote: My main role here is to make sure everything outside is running. We're the eyes and ears for the guy sitting in this seat (referencing the control room operators). I love it. You get to encounter a lot more, and you're always learning something new. It's really a thrill for me.

Meet Darnell, the mojo behind our mission

It takes knowledge, know-how, awareness and legwork to ensure the 580-megawatt, three-unit Dell Power Plant runs safely and efficiently. Darnell is part of that team. As an outside operator, he says he is the eyes and ears for the control room operator as he makes rounds to ensure equipment is running right and to catch any issues before problems develop. His favorite part of the job is learning and he’s training to be a control room operator, a “big change and big challenge,” he said, but he’s got his manager’s support, so “taking the next step is really a thrill to me.”

Join us in Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas

Associated has been a part of the communities in this region for decades.

Most of our employees are longtime residents of southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas and tout family roots, the countryside, access to entertainment, universities, great fishing and other outdoor activities – the Mississippi River, lakes and Ozark and Mark Twain national forests are nearby.

It's a blend of southern hospitality, historical attractions, scenic parks, recreational activities and close proximity to city attractions and entertainment. You can enjoy the benefits of small-town living, yet large metropolitan areas are within reach for a weekend getaway, shopping or enjoying major league sports teams in action. 

Our generating resources in this area:

Dell combined-cycle natural gas plant – Dell, Arkansas

Essex simple-cycle gas plant, a 107-MW capacity – Idalia, Missouri

New Madrid Power Plant - Marston, Missouri

St. Francis combined-cycle natural gas plant, a 501-MW facility-- Glennonville, Missouri

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Learn more about the communities and what the region has to offer you and your family with these links.

Area map

New Madrid Chamber of Commerce

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Blytheville, Arkansas

Upper Arkansas Delta region -- once home to American icons Ernest Hemingway and Johnny Cash

Visit Arkansas

Visit Missouri

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