George retires as Cardinal manager, Schunn takes reins

Chuck George, retiring plant manager at Cardinal Station, was recognized last week for his service to Cardinal and Ohio’s electric co-ops.

After eight years, Chuck George served his last day as plant manager of Cardinal Station on Friday.

Under George’s leadership, Cardinal reached new heights as one of the cleanest plants of its type on the planet and repeatedly hit new milestones for safety and community impact.

“When I came to Cardinal in 2010, I walked into the makings of one of the most efficient, productive, and environmentally friendly coal-fired power generation facilities in the country,” said George. “Even so, I’ve seen a lot of change for the better—all three scrubbers were rebuilt, units have reached record runs with those new scrubbers, and our safety record continues to improve every year. I’m particularly proud of the latter. While our primary goal is, of course, to keep the lights on, the safety of our staff is just as paramount. We want everyone to go home to their families at night; we achieved that, and my hope is that the trend will continue.

“Whether with AEP or Buckeye Power, running the Cardinal Power Plant has been a rich, rewarding profession. I’ll miss the challenge and excitement of delivering clean, safe, reliable, and affordable power to the members of Ohio’s electric cooperative network, but most of all, I’ll treasure the staff and the relationships that I’ve built. As I close the door on my career, I wish the plant, and its employees, long, happy, productive lives.”

Schunn

Taking over for George is Bethany Schunn, who has served Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives since 2017, first as operations and maintenance manager, and later as transition manager for the facility as Buckeye Power assumed operations from American Electric Power.

“I’m eager to build on the solid foundation that Chuck established, and am looking forward to the next chapter in Cardinal’s storied history,” Schunn said. “Times are changing in the coal-powered generation arena, and I’m confident that the plant staff will rise to the challenge, as they always have, to assure a bright, productive, viable future for the Cardinal Plant.”