KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 15, 2016 – Surrounded by the army of electric linemen who keep power flowing, the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors on Wednesday officially opened the utility’s new $3 million line operations center.
The 26,200-square-foot Kenneth L. Davis Line Operations Center serves as the utility’s crew staging area during severe weather, hurricanes and other disaster-related events. The facility provides a centralized command center for utility first responders to coordinate response and power restoration plans. The facility also houses the utility’s fleet of service trucks as well as crew training facilities.
“This new facility is a tremendous asset to our community,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “It will serve as a vital resource not only when responding to an emergency, but also for the most important elements of emergency management: planning, training and preparedness.”
In addition, the project included the expansion of the utility’s fleet maintenance area and the addition of one service bay to provide greater working height for KUA’s largest vehicles.
The facility is named in honor of former vice president of engineering and operations Kenneth L. Davis who retired in April after nearly 32 years of service to the utility.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility, powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Florida.
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Facility photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskBkt8o5