NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Entergy's story began Nov. 13, 1913, with a pile of sawdust and a handshake between Harvey Couch and H. H. Foster, president of the Arkansas Land and Lumber Co.
Couch used Foster's sawdust as fuel to generate electricity for his power company, the first step toward fulfilling his vision to bring safe, affordable, reliable power to the Middle South. Couch saw that his power that would open the door to the modern world for the region's people and communities.
Couch's company has since grown to become Entergy Corporation, which ranks among the largest integrated energy companies in the U.S.
Entergy employees commemorated the company's 100th birthday with celebrations in power plants and offices throughout the 10 states where Entergy operates businesses.
Since its start as a small, rural electric power company, Entergy has evolved into a company that enjoys a worldwide reputation as a responsible and respected corporate citizen. The growth of Entergy as a company has positively affected the communities we serve in the areas of economic development, culture, environment and philanthropy while providing customers with affordable, dependable energy.
Entergy's sound ethical principles, along with its innovative community initiatives, have propelled the company to the forefront of respect and a reputation as having a values-based culture that works to improve the communities it serves.
"Through years of growth, innovation, hardship and disasters, we have continued to power life for the people, businesses and communities that shape the world around us," said Leo Denault, Entergy chairman and chief executive officer. "It has not always been an easy ride and there is still much work to be done, especially as we face new challenges unimagined by the men and women who built this company. Harvey Couch's vision continues to inspire us to innovate and to improve life for this and future generations."
Entergy Corporation, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
SOURCE Entergy Corporation