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Outage generates more than 1,500 supplemental jobs

Operators at Exelon Generation’s Dresden Generating Station removed Unit 2 from service Oct. 24 to begin a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage that will bring more than 1,500 additional workers to the region and provide a local economic boost.

“The maintenance performed during the outage will help Dresden Station deliver reliable, carbon-free power to more than 1.5 million customers,” Dresden Station Site Vice President Pete Karaba said.

During the outage, technicians will replace nearly one-third of the reactor’s fuel and perform 7,900 inspections, tests and maintenance activities that cannot be accomplished while the unit is generating electricity.

To support this work, more than 1,500 supplemental electricians, pipe fitters, welders, carpenters, laborers and other trades people have traveled to the Grundy County area for the weeks-long outage.

Nancy Norton, president and CEO of the Grundy Economic Development Council, lauded the economic boom Dresden’s outages bring to the region.

“The economic infusion of hundreds of extra workers means a boost to local convenience stores, gas stations, catering businesses and much more,” Norton said.

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