The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of DPL Inc.
(NYSE: DPL), launched The Generation Center for Workforce Knowledge and
Development at 401 Starks Avenue in Manchester, Ohio.
The Generation Center – a joint effort between DP&L and the Utility
Workers Union of America Local 175 – will combine all functions for
training and development for Generation employees from DP&L's Stuart,
Killen and Hutchings Stations.
"We could not have accomplished this without significant participation
and commitment of Local 175 leadership and subject matter experts," said
Paul Barbas, president and CEO of DPL and DP&L, at the ribbon-cutting
ceremony. "DP&L is very fortunate to have seven Local 175 instructors
who have volunteered to provide most of our instructor-led courses. In
many cases, these men and women are experts in their specific craft,"
The curriculum at The Generation Center is a balanced mix of
instructor-led and vendor-led programs and courses that have been
created specifically for the DP&L employees at Stuart and Killen in
Manchester and Hutchings in Miamisburg. Gary Tindall, manager, Workforce
Knowledge and Development said that he and his team have worked in close
partnership with Local 175 to research and develop all new course
materials and to rewrite all job descriptions for the power plants.
"I believe that the Utility Workers Union of America is the safest and
most qualified workforce throughout the nation's utility business,"
said Kelly Cooper, president of Utility Workers Union of America
Local 175. "The only way we can maintain that high level of safety and
quality is through training. DP&L has made a big commitment to the area
and the community with The Generation Center. "
"It's important to recognize the significance that safety plays in our
training. We layer safety into every step of every task," said Tindall.
"Safety is important; and, while we have a business to run, nothing is
more important than the safety of our workforce.