Monday, October 31, 2011

B&W Plant Manager to Speak at Library Luncheon - Wed. Nov. 2nd

Ken Collier, plant manager for B&W Conversion Services (BWCS) at Piketon, will be the speaker on Wednesday, November 2, at the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library in Waverly. The meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. and is sponsored by Pleasant Hill Manor. The meeting is open to the public and lunch is free to all who attend.

Mr. Collier will present progress and status of the depleted uranium hexafluoride facility in Piketon. He will also talk about the company's community involvement activities and their initiatives to encourage local students to pursue degrees in engineering (mechanical and chemical), quality and software engineering, and logistics management.

Collier directs plant start-up, conversion operations, maintenance, waste management and disposition, cylinder management, and hydrogen fluoride recovery. In prior Babcock and Wilcox assignments, Collier managed highly enriched uranium operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN. His 30 years of experience includes managing uranium start up operations and leading production of enriched uranium special processing for three Hazard Category 2 nuclear facilities.

As a strong proponent of community involvement, Colier has served as a B&W loaned executive for the Anderson County, Tennessee United Way. He is an avid sports fan and has supported the University of Tennessee's athletic department customer relations program, where he is usher supervisor at men's and women's sports events.

Collier holds degrees in organization management and electrical and electronics technology, and has earned multiple certifications from the University of Tennessee, while working toward his MBA.

B&W Conversion Services is a Limited Liability Corporation formed by Babcock and Wilcox (prinicipal and majority owner), and URS Energy & Construction (supporting partner), solely to operate the depleted uranium hexafluoride conversion facilities in Piketon, OH and Paducah, KY. BWCS is headquartered in Lexington, KY.

The BWCS Piketon plant will convert 250,000 metric tons of DUF6 over 18 years, and will employ 184 to operate.

Seating is limited RSVP by calling 740-947-4921.