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Change has been abundant during Steven Wood’s 35 years with Associated Electric Cooperative, which owns and operates the Thomas Hill Energy Center to provide affordable, reliable power to six regional and 51 local, member-owned electric cooperatives. Chief among those changes are environmental controls that improved air quality, including construction of half-billion-dollar pl ...

Associated Electric Cooperative employee Kim D. Holloway of Poplar Bluff celebrated his 25th year at New Madrid Power Plant, where he is a journeyman machinist mechanic. “My father was a union electrician in the IBEW in St. Louis. He always told me to learn a trade, that you can always work your trade and find more opportunities for employment. The ‘knowledge is power’ ...

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Associated Electric Cooperative celebrated the nearly 25-year career and legacy of Jim Jura, newly retired CEO and general manager, at its recent annual meeting in Branson. Locally, Jura was active in the business community. Among his board appointments were CASA, Springfield Chamber of Commerce (past president), Springfield Public Schools Foundation ...

Stan Taulbee of East Prairie, Missouri, is turning in his hard hat for a new life in western Maryland after working for 20 years for Associated Electric Cooperative at the New Madrid Power Plant. Taulbee joined AECI in 1996 as an assistant shift supervisor at the power plant and was promoted to instrument shop supervisor in 2008. He said he’s appreciated the cooperati ...

Greg Prange of Keytesville, Missouri, said he looks forward to spending more time with his family after retiring from 32 years with Associated Electric Cooperative at its Thomas Hill Energy Center. “It’s been a very good job and good to me,” he said. He also appreciates how it was able to help him with retirement. Prange joined AECI around 1983 as a utility operator at ...

Ted Recker, who retired June 17 from Associated Electric Cooperative’s New Madrid Power Plant after 27 years, has a personal connection to the area from his childhood. “I did this and that on the farm right here in this location,” Recker said. “My dad rented this land and farmed it. Then we moved off.” He and his family relocated to Mississippi, where he went on to att ...

Chuck Johnson, Huntsville, started his career in 1981 with Associated Electric Cooperative after a few stints in construction. He recently celebrated his 35th anniversary with the cooperative, working at its Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill.   Johnson started, as most do, as a general utility and became a utility operator later that year. He's worked as a yard ...

Larry Wilson, Macon, started his Associated Electric Cooperative career 25 years ago as part of the Thomas Hill mine revegetation crew. He celebrates his service anniversary as a member of the coal yard crew. When Wilson started at Thomas Hill he worked to reseed and level out ditches as part of mine reclamation. He moved to auxiliary operator in 2000 and had a short s ...

Mike Wilhite of Huntsville, operations maintenance specialist at Thomas Hill Energy Center, marked 30 years with Associated Electric Cooperative, the wholesale power supply cooperative for six regional and 51 local electric cooperatives in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma. Wilhite started as a general utility and then progressed to auxiliary operator and ...

Associated Electric Cooperative announced today it has selected David J. Tudor to serve as its next CEO and general manager, effective May 16. Tudor will succeed Jim Jura, who has served as Associated’s CEO and general manager since 1991. Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. announced today it has selected David J. Tudor to serve as its next CEO and general manager, ef ...

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