Kissimmee, Fla., September 11, 11:00 a.m. – Back when a loaf of bread cost 22 cents and gas went for 30 cents a gallon, Ed Carter began work as a lineman apprentice at the electric utility in Kissimmee (now the Kissimmee Utility Authority). That was Sept. 12, 1966. This week Carter, 60, celebrates his 40-year service anniversary with the utility.
Carter currently serves as KUA’s distribution construction superintendent and has the most years of service of any active employee at the utility.
A 1964 graduate of Osceola High School, Carter served briefly in the U.S. Army Reserve before being hired by the utility in 1966 as a lineman apprentice at a pay rate of $1.60 per hour.
In his four decades of service Carter has worked approximately 10,000 shifts and has seen the electric system grow from 5,000 customers in 1966 to more than 58,000 today. Back then, the utility had two line crews, a service crew, a tree-trimming crew and one hydraulic bucket truck.
Carter was named employee of the quarter in October 1985 and employee of the month in both March 1997 and December 2000. In addition, he was selected as KUA’s 1997 employee of the year.
Carter was honored on Sept. 6 by the KUA board of directors with a gift and an anniversary reception.
Carter is married to wife Dixie and has three grown children.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent
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