Potomac Edison Honored by Maryland State Chamber for Supporting Small Business Vendors

Potomac Edison Honored by Maryland State Chamber for Supporting Small Business

PR Newswire

WILLIAMSPORT, Md., June 11, 2013

WILLIAMSPORT, Md., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Potomac Edison, a subsidiary
of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), has been recognized by the Maryland Chamber of
Commerce with its 2013 Business Breakthrough Large Employer Partner in
Business Award for the utility's ongoing commitment to support small and
minority-owned businesses.

In 2012, Potomac Edison purchased about 38 percent of its goods and services
from small businesses, including nearly 20 percent procured from certified
minority-owned businesses. The company does business with 48 local small

"The Maryland Chamber is pleased to honor Potomac Edison, which is leading the
way when it comes to supplier diversity," said Maryland Chamber President and
CEO Kathy Snyder.

"Potomac Edison has fully embraced Maryland's spirit of inclusion," said James
A. Sears, president of FirstEnergy's Maryland Operations. "We adhere to
business practices that support women, minority and service-disabled
veteran-owned enterprises. It just makes good business sense. Diversifying
our vendor base with small businesses helps enhance competition among
suppliers, resulting in more innovative products and services."

The Maryland chamber presented Potomac Edison with the award at a recent
luncheon ceremony in Baltimore. The annual Business Breakthrough awards
program showcases Maryland businesses for breakthrough performance, innovation
and growth. The Maryland Washington Minority Contractors' Association
nominated Potomac Edison for the award.

Potomac Edison spent $3 million with local contractors in 2011 to renovate its
regional headquarters in Williamsport, with 20 percent of the dollars spent on
the project for services and materials benefiting minority-owned businesses.
The list of opportunities for small businesses to partner with Potomac Edison
is long: equipment, services, materials, construction ventures, legal,
technology-related research and development, testing and more.

To learn more about opportunities to partner with Potomac Edison and other
FirstEnergy operating companies, visit

Potomac Edison serves about 250,000 customers in seven Maryland counties and
132,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Follow Potomac
Edison on Twitter @PotomacEdison.


SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.

Website: http://www.firstenergycorp.com
Contact: Todd Meyers, (724) 838-6650
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