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Kentucky Power donates bucket truck to University of Pikeville

March 02, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
A Kentucky Power bucket truck slated for retirement from service is getting new life at the University of Pikeville.

Kentucky Power delivered the 2008 Dodge Ram with a 50-foot boom to the university where the truck will allow maintenance staff to reach areas of the campus otherwise difficult to access.

“At Kentucky Power, we believe it is important to give back and this gift is one way we are doing that,” said Bob Shurtleff, Kentucky Power’s customer services and distribution manager in Pikeville. “We’re proud to support not only UPIKE with donations like this, but at other colleges and universities in the communities we serve in Eastern Kentucky, too.”

University of Pikeville President Burton Webb said the truck will allow the university to save money on its maintenance costs.

“The business partnerships we have with companies like Kentucky Power are a tremendous asset to the university,” Webb said. “When you look around the campus, we have areas where we need to do painting and other maintenance but we don’t have good access, so we have to rent equipment to reach those areas. Now we won’t have that added expense.”

Kentucky Power, with headquarters in Frankfort, Ky., provides service to nearly 170,000 customers in all or part of 20 Eastern Kentucky counties. It is a unit of the American Electric Power system, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, with nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more than 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

Bob Shurtleff, right, Kentucky Power’s customer services and distribution manager in Pikeville, donates a bucket truck slated for retirement to the University of Pikeville. Also pictured, from left, representatives from the University of Pikeville including, David Hutchens, vice president for advancement and alumni relations; Burton Webb, president; and John Holman, assistant vice president for facilities management. The truck is the third truck Kentucky Power has donated in recent years. Others went to higher education institutions in Ashland and Hazard.

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