READING, Pa., Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Penn Power is investing more than $2.5 million in 18 new vehicles for line crews and other front-line service employees across its service territory.
The new vehicles replace many vehicles more than a decade old. More than half of the new vehicles will be bucket and digger derrick trucks that are expected to enhance the safety of crews in the field and help employees deliver quality service to customers.
"The new trucks bring with them advanced technology that includes enhanced hydraulics to better handle heavy materials and more robust lighting to help create an even safer work area during night-time operations," says Doug Elliott, FirstEnergy president – Pennsylvania Operations. "These new vehicles also are better for the environment since they are more fuel-efficient, some with significantly lower emissions."
The new vehicles are part of a $110 million investment in vehicles being made by parent company FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE). About 850 vehicles are expected to be acquired companywide before the end of the year.
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