Power provider builds $9.6M service center in N. Jackson

NORTH JACKSON — American Transmission Systems Inc., a subsidiary FirstEnergy Corp., is building a $9.6 million operations service center the company says will “streamline operations and maximize efficiencies” in its local high-voltage system.

The 20,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres on Bailey Court East in North Jackson will give personnel direct access to heavy-duty transmission equipment and materials, according to the company.

It will be the central location for about 12 transmission line workers based in the Mahoning Valley, and also will have room for offices and storage.

“This facility will benefit customers by providing quicker access to resources for our transmission personnel in the event of a service-related issue,” Jim Gatto, manager of Ohio’s transmission operations at FirstEnergy, said. “Transmission personnel were previously scattered at various service centers across our entire northeast Ohio service area, causing a slower response to issues in the North Jackson area since crews were coming from work sites in Kinsman, Alliance and Massillon.”

The project also includes a new 15,000-square-foot storage facility next to the service center that will be used to house large transmission equipment, including transformers, power lines and insulators.

Construction is expected to be complete in the late spring.

American Transmission Systems Inc. provides transmission services in Ohio and in a portion of western of Pennsylvania. The company owns or maintains more than 8,100 miles of transmission lines, substations and other facilities.

The company acquired the land for the operations center for $660,809 in 2019 from Leonard Interchange LLC, according to the Mahoning County Auditor’s Office.


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