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Alan McCune was a freshman physical science teacher at Odessa High School when he got a call from his former high school counselor in the summer of 1982. The counselor worked in human resources at Thomas Hill Energy Center and was looking to hire individuals in preparation for the addition of Unit 3. He asked McCune if he was interested in a job. McCune interviewed, and started ...

Mike Green is hanging up his hard hat, ready for retirement after nearly 36 years at Associated Electric Cooperative’s Thomas Hill Energy Center.   Located near Clifton Hill, Missouri, the Thomas Hill Energy Center is one of Associated Electric’s coal generation stations used to generate power for six regional and 51 local, member-owned electric cooperatives.   In 1981, Gre ...

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 ...

Booker T. Long of Marston has retired as a yard equipment operator after 16 years at Associated Electric Cooperative's New Madrid Power Plant. Long started at the plant in 1999 as a general utility first period. He worked in the bunker room for five years, then advanced to auxiliary operator, working in the basement as the eyes and ears of the control room operator in ...

CEO Jim Jura announced his retirement in September, although he will work until a new CEO is hired. AECI’s board has hired the executive search firm Mycoff, Fry and Prouse to help identify candidates for the CEO position. Associated Electric Cooperative’s CEO and General Manager Jim Jura announced his retirement Sept. 22, 2015, informing AECI’s board of directors a ...

While many count down the days until retirement, Ed Bickerstaff was not as eager to leave behind Associated Electric Cooperative and his work at the New Madrid Power Plant. “You always have reservations about retiring. It’s a big step,” he said. Bickerstaff joined Associated Electric, which generates the wholesale power supply for six regional and 51 local electr ...

Salisbury, MO – During Lynn Farnen's 36-year career with Associated Electric Cooperative, she earned two degrees, three employee excellence awards, advanced and worked at Headquarters, New Madrid Power Plant and Thomas Hill Energy Center. Oct. 2 she marked another career milestone – retirement. Farnen started as a receptionist at Thomas Hill in 1979. When a new p ...

Dennis Sumpter, who worked at Associated Electric Cooperative’s Thomas Hill Energy Center for 32 years, retired last month. He began as a general utility first period, the entry level job in operations, back in May 1983. “When I started here I saw a lot of these guys wearing the hard hat, ‘25 years.’ (of service). I said back then, ‘If I could just make that.’ It took a long ti ...

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