Ark. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, right, tours the simulator/training control room at SWEPCO’s Turk Power Plant at Fulton, Ark.
Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin met recently with more than 130 employees and contract workers at the Turk Power Plant. On his first visit to the facility since assuming office in 2015, Griffin addressed a variety of subjects, including a secure energy future for the nation utilizing coal, natural gas, and renewables while emphasizing that energy drives the economy. Referring to how the Turk Plant incorporates careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), he learned of SWEPCO’s partnership with the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope to develop a Power Plant Technology degree program, advocated the importance of education in those fields and how Arkansas is promoting more educational opportunities in those areas.
Griffin, who previously served two terms as a member of the US House of Representatives, is also a Lt. Colonel in the US Army Reserves who served in Iraq. He recognized and had high praise for those attendees who have served in the Nation’s military branches.
Following his meeting with workers, Griffin toured the plant and left with such a favorable impression he Tweeted “toured the Turk Power Plant in Fulton this morning & met with workers there. World class clean & efficient energy plant.”