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FirstEnergy to build a new control center in Akron
The center will start construction in the spring of 2013

Ozie Ikuenobe
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FirstEnergy is planning to build a $45 million transmission control center at its West Akron complex.

The facility will use advanced computer systems to monitor the country-wide transmission grid run by FirstEnergy. It is also being designed as an environmentally friendly building.

FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin says that the company is utilizing local resources to help construct the new control center.

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“Local, Akron area companies are all a part of this project, so that’s something that we’re very proud of. Not just that we’re able to build this new building, but we’re able to involve any number of outstanding local companies to be a part of that process.”

The project is expected to start construction in the spring of 2013. The new building will replace the existing control center in Wadsworth, which will then be used as a training and back-up facility.

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