April 19, 2019 | By Doug Jacobs
Under the beautiful rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building, hundreds of supporters, suppliers and utility workers gathered to deliver the message to policymakers that closing nuclear plants doesn’t just devastate the immediate surrounding communities, but it also impacts businesses across the Keystone State.

penn nuclear suppliers dayNAC International was proud to support the Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania’s Supplier Advocacy Day in February in Harrisburg.

It was an impressive show of support to state policymakers about the importance of nuclear energy facilities for supplying Pennsylvania with clean, reliable power, while controlling carbon emissions and supporting local economies.

The Pennsylvania fleet of five nuclear power plants provides 93 percent of the state’s carbon-free electricity and is critical for meeting the state’s emission targets. The facilities also drive the economies of host communities, employing nearly 5,000 workers. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to some 500 companies that work in the nuclear sector.

This Supplier Day event included an industry showcase and news conference to demonstrate strong company participation, the tremendous breadth of the vendor and supplier community, and the significant economic impact nuclear energy has on the Keystone State.

Participants included representatives from Curtiss-Wright, Day & Zimmermanm, Framatome, GE Hitachi, Holtec International, Jensen Hughes, Precision Custom Components and Westinghouse, as well as NAC International. Representatives from utilities Exelon, First Energy and Talen Energy also participated.

The event was a great success; the message was heard loud and clear that Pennsylvania’s nuclear energy facilities offer many benefits that would be missed if they are forced to close early.

Doug Jacobs is vice president of business development of NAC International.