Ameren Missouri Line Workers Recognized at State Capitol
The last of three waves of Ameren line workers and support personnel from Illinois and Missouri returned from Puerto Rico just in time to have the Ameren Missouri line workers recognized for their efforts in the Missouri Capitol as part of the April 9 Missouri Line Worker Appreciation Day.
Deployed for consecutive three-week rotations since January, Ameren crews repaired energy infrastructure and helped restore power following the catastrophic destruction of electric infrastructure following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The 225 Ameren workers were part of a larger group of more than 3,000 power-restoration workers coordinated by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), an electric industry association.
Missouri representative Michael Butler (D-79, St. Louis) also recognized the Ameren Missouri line workers with a House Resolution, which in part, stated:
Whereas, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives hold in high esteem those Show-Me State businesses that admirably enhance the quality of life in local communities and neighborhoods that have proven down through the years to be exemplary places in which to live, work, and raise families; and
Whereas, this legislative body wishes to honor Ameren Missouri linemen during Missouri Line Worker Appreciation Day to be held on April 9, 2018; and
Whereas, Ameren Missouri linemen are also to be commended for traveling to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in an effort to restore power to those who were affected.
“The work of our Ameren co-workers, EEI member colleagues and workers from other power companies was nothing short of extraordinary,” said Warner Baxter, chairman, president, and CEO of Ameren Corporation. “For months, our team has worked tirelessly to provide power to the people of Puerto Rico, as well as its communities and businesses decimated by the hurricanes. The work was extremely challenging and rewarding. I am very grateful that our teams all returned home safely, and I am proud that they conducted their work with high levels of competence and compassion.”
Ameren workers who deployed to Puerto Rico said they were overwhelmed by the generosity, spirit and resilience of the people of Puerto Rico, who would offer thanks by baking cakes and cooking meals for the workers.
“Our crews are trained and highly experienced in providing power-restoration assistance to communities during times of need,” said Liz Lahm, senior director, Crisis Management, Ameren. “Whether that restoration work takes place near home or more than 2,000 miles away, communities can count on Ameren for support and assistance. We are grateful to those Ameren employees who volunteered to work in Puerto Rico during the past three months, and we’re glad they’ve returned safely.”