While employees will be honoring our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July, one Mississippi Power employee will be celebrating his 40-year service anniversary.
“When I was hired in 1977, employees were on a six-month probationary period,” said Alvin Howze, line construction and maintenance supervisor, at the Pascagoula Service Center. “At the end of the six months, you were officially employed and that date, that current date, would become your service date and for me it was July 4.”
Originally hired as a helper in Gulfport, Howze’s first supervisor was late retiree C.O. Beasley.
Forty years later, Howze is line construction and maintenance supervisor in Pascagoula.
“Through the years I’ve had some great role models,” said Howze. “I truly appreciate the time they spent with me, the lessons they taught me, and their guidance.
“One of the things I enjoy most about working with my guys’ now, is watching them grow and become better; we’re like family and I take pride in their accomplishments.”
After working as a helper, Howze became a helper driver and then moved to Pass Christian where he worked as a winch truck driver/operator for around seven years.
Then in 1982, he joined the Pascagoula line crew and following that position, worked as an electric serviceman until 2014, when he was promoted to his current role of line construction and maintenance supervisor.
“I liked working with first responders and our customers,” said Howze. “Helping customers resolve their problems, made me thankful for my own.
“Working for Mississippi Power has been a blessing for me and my family. I’ve seen a lot of things change with the company over the last 40 years and we’ve faced obstacles that challenged us, but we were able to accomplish great things.”