Scriba, NY — One year after the FitzPatrick Nuclear Generating Facility's announced shut down date, the station is an economic engine driving significant investment with local and diverse businesses.
The investments at FitzPatrick are part of Exelon Generation's commitment to supplier diversity, providing access to greater opportunities for minority, women and veteran-owned suppliers and boosting economic growth in local communities.
"In 2017, we promised to invest more than $400 million across our New York plants through refueling and integration expenditures, and we did," said Exelon Senior Vice President of Northeast Operations Chris Mudrick. "As part of this investment, we partnered with several New York and minority- and women-owned businesses to benefit the community while making FitzPatrick a first-class facility that could continue providing clean energy to New York for years to come."
FitzPatrick launched several capital projects in 2017 totaling more than $15.2 million to realign the station for long-term operations. These included safety improvements in the parking lots and walkways; various equipment upgrades and general site remodeling. For most of the larger projects, 30 percent of the work was performed by certified minority- or women-owned suppliers.
"We were proud to have earned an Exelon contract with a competitive bid and a commitment to supplier diversity," said Ryan Malone from WD Malone Trucking & Excavating operating in Oswego, New York. "We are committed to encouraging the use of diverse subcontractors and creating opportunity for all."
This spring, the station will complete construction on a new site access building, providing a more efficient, secure personnel access process, especially during refueling outages when approximately 1,000 supplemental workers join FitzPatrick's fulltime employees. The $2.9 million access building contract was awarded to Rich and Gardner, a Syracuse, NY, construction firm.
Exelon Generation is committed to advancing supplier diversity by expanding opportunities for woman-, minority- and veteran-owned businesses. Parent company Exelon Corp. is a member of the prestigious Billion Dollar Roundtable, a top-level advocacy organization that promotes corporate supplier diversity excellence. Exelon Corp. spent close to $2 billion with minority, women and veteran-owned suppliers in 2016, a 42 percent increase over the previous year.
The 838-megawatt James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant generates carbon-free electricity for more than 800,000 homes and businesses. Exelon operates two other nuclear energy facilities in upstate New York: R.E. Ginna and Nine Mile Point, the latter of which is adjacent to FitzPatrick. Together, Exelon's New York nuclear plants produce carbon-free electricity for more than 2.7 million homes and businesses while employing more than 2,000 full-time staff.