FirstEnergy Corp. has been awarded the Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Diversity Council's "Economic Impact Award" and the Women's Business Enterprise Council of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey's "Regional Corporation of the Year Award." Both awards reflect FirstEnergy's ongoing commitment to supplier diversity and economic growth in the communities it serves.
"At FirstEnergy, supplier diversity aligns with our corporate values, reflects our diverse customer base and supports the communities we serve," said Gary Benz, FirstEnergy vice president, Supply Chain. "We are proud that our ongoing supplier diversity efforts are recognized and that they continue to work to the benefit of not only FirstEnergy, but our suppliers and customers as well."
In 2011, FirstEnergy spent more than $46 million with minority-owned businesses based in the Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Diversity Council's 27 county area. In addition, the Company spent about $6 million with women-owned businesses.
FirstEnergy representatives serve on the Board of Directors of the Women's Business Enterprise Council of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, and also serve on the Certification Committee, which reviews applications and conducts visits to women-owned businesses seeking third-party certification.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Its generation subsidiaries control more than 20,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro, pumped-storage hydro and other renewables. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.
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