Wichita, Kan., Dec. 16, 2016 – Westar Energy employees and community leaders celebrated the start of construction on a new service building at Webb Business Park in Wichita. The service center will be the hub for field operations, including line crews who maintain and repair the power grid that serves the Wichita metro area.
“Our new Wichita Service Center will be designed to provide the safe, reliable service our customers expect. When storms take out power lines, we will be able to mobilize more efficiently with the needed materials right here on site,” said Bruce Akin, senior vice president, power delivery.
“Our Chamber is getting ready to celebrate 100 years in 2017. I want to thank Westar for their support of our centennial,” said Gary Plummer, Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “Westar has a strong record of community giving and is an excellent business partner.”
The 19 acre site will include storage of power poles and other materials needed to maintain the power grid. In addition, the building design incorporates pull-through truck bays designed for efficient loading. Construction will be complete in early 2018.
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Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is Kansas' largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided Kansans the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Every day our team of professionals takes on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment and provide excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers. Westar has 7,200 MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind, sun and landfill gas. We are also a leader in electric transmission in Kansas. Our innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, expanding use of smart meters and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve.
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