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A Day with Chess-Playing Racecar Driver Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey is a chess fanatic. He participates in tournaments several times a year and once took lessons from an International Master of chess. In a way, he’s also using the skills needed to successfully play the game every day as an AEP Ohio customer design technician. “Customer design is a lot like chess. Then …

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Remembering Mike Busch (1960-2021)

Mike Busch, a 39-year engineer with AEP Ohio, died Sunday, Sept. 5. He suffered a heart attack while hiking with his wife in Utah as they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. He was 61. “It’s just a tragedy. He was such a kind-hearted person,” said senior engineering technologist Joe Straka, who worked with Busch for …

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Meet Ned and Jed, AEP Ohio Storm Assessors

When Hurricane Ida’s 150-mile-per-hour winds ripped through Louisiana – and the storm failed to leave right away – it left a huge swath of devastation. With trees, poles and other equipment down everywhere, it can be difficult to know just how bad the damage is and what’s needed to get the power back on. Any …

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Belmont Line Crew Lends a Hand Following Car Crash

Called out for storm duty on Friday, Aug. 13, a Belmont line crew had just hit the road and had a long night ahead of them. That didn’t stop them from helping someone in need. About 200 customers were without power in the Belmont area following a storm, and nine lineworkers were gearing up to …

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Ty Carpenter: From Welder to Forester

Ty Carpenter was a welder for 26 years. Then, with hardly a look back, he put his entire career in the rearview mirror. “A guy I worked with went to Asplundh,” Carpenter said. “A year after he called me and said, ‘want a job’?” “He told me what it was. And I thought I was …

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Canton Crew Spots Copper Theft Danger

Copper theft is a costly crime, it threatens our service reliability and, most importantly, it can be incredibly dangerous. Lineworker Cody Lambert and Line Crew Supervisor Brant Phillips are being applauded by their peers at AEP Ohio for recently spotting a hazardous situation in Canton. Lambert and Phillips had pulled safely to the side of …

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