By Jeff Shepard
As a company, Mississippi Power’s top priority is to make, move and sell electricity to our customers.
The employees who build, maintain and restore the lines that deliver that electricity are being honored today on National Lineman Appreciation Day.
“Our linemen are the best representatives of what it means to be a Mississippi Power employee,” Jeff Franklin, vice president of Customer Services Organization said. “They are truly committed to taking care of our customers, whether it’s the middle of the night or they’re facing extreme weather conditions. We should all be thankful for their service to our customers and Mississippi Power.”
Mississippi Power employs approximately 140 line workers to construct, operate and maintain the equipment that delivers electricity to 186,000 customers across 23 southeast Mississippi counties.
While working around electricity is inherently dangerous, weather conditions during the winter of 2014 complicated matters even more. Mississippi Power linemen once again met customers’ needs and safely restored service when outages occurred.
“Our crews were truly tested in extreme conditions during January and February,” Franklin said. “We got to see firsthand how talented and skilled these linemen are. I encourage every employee to thank a lineman if they see one today.”