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FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company Promotes Barry Blair to General Plant Manager for Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station

Company Release - 12/20/2017 10:16 AM ET

AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has promoted Barry Blair to general plant manager of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.  In this position, he is responsible for overseeing the Operations, Radiation Protection, Chemistry and Maintenance activities at the plant and reports to Davis-Besse Site Vice President Mark Bezilla.  Blair succeeds David Imlay, who is retiring after 30 years with the company. 

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A 29-year nuclear industry veteran, Blair began his career at Perry in 1988 as a design engineer.  He has held a number of engineering positions at the plant, including manager of Plant Engineering and manager of Technical Services Engineering.  Blair earned a senior reactor operator license at Perry in 2009 and was named manager of Maintenance in 2013.  He most recently has served as manager of Operations.

"Barry has played an important leadership role in strengthening performance at Perry, and Davis-Besse will benefit from his extensive engineering experience and solid understanding of plant operations," said Bezilla. 

Blair holds a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University.

FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its FENOC subsidiary operates the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa., the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, and the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.  Visit FENOC on the web at, and follow the nuclear plants on Twitter @Perry_Plant, @BVPowerStation, and @DavisBesse.

Editor's Note:  A photo of Blair is available on Flickr.

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