AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has promoted Richard Bologna to vice president of the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa. In this position, he is responsible for overall management, direction and coordination of operation of Beaver Valley. Bologna succeeds Marty Richey, who is pursing interests outside the company.
In a related move, John Grabar has been named general plant manager at Beaver Valley, the position most recently held by Bologna. Grabnar is responsible for overseeing the Operations, Radiation Protection, Chemistry and Maintenance activities at the plant.
A 29-year nuclear industry veteran, Bologna joined Beaver Valley as an engineer in 1988. He held numerous leadership positions in Maintenance, Engineering and Site Operations before becoming director of Site Operations in 2012. In 2014, he was named director of Fleet Engineering for FENOC, and then returned to Beaver Valley in September 2016 as general plant manager.
"With his long history at Beaver Valley, Rich brings a wealth of experience and understanding in all aspects of plant operations. His strong leadership skills will ensure the site continues to deliver safe, reliable performance while achieving excellence in plant operations," said FENOC Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Harden.
Bologna, of Rochester, Pa., holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State. He was a licensed Senior Reactor Operator for Beaver Valley Unit 1.
Grabnar most recently served FENOC as director of Fleet Operations Support. He joined the company's Perry Nuclear Power Plant in 1984, where he held a variety of engineering and operations roles and earned a Senior Reactor Operator license. In 2002, he was named manager of Design Engineering at FENOC's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station and was promoted to director of Site Engineering in 2006. Grabnar returned to Perry in 2008 as director of Site Engineering before serving as the site's director of Site Operations. He also has represented the company on a special assignment at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).
Grabnar holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Akron. He currently resides in Concord Township, Ohio.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its FENOC subsidiary operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa., the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, and the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Visit FENOC on the web at www.fenoc.com, and follow the nuclear plants on Twitter @Perry_Plant, @BVPowerStation, and @DavisBesse.
Editor's Note: Photos of Bologna and Grabnar are available on Flickr.