Changes coming for WMECO workers in Franklin County - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Changes coming for WMECO workers in Franklin County

GREENFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

A plan by Western Massachusetts Electric Company to close a facility in Greenfield has workers questioning the wisdom of the decision.

On Wednesday, lineman Bill Freeman said closing their facility and moving the staff and equipment to Hadley was going to slow down response times for outages. Freeman is also on the executive board of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 455. He pointed out he and his family were also customers of WMECO. Freeman said there would no longer be any facility in Franklin County.

WMECO spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the decision to consolidate the Greenfield facility with Hadley would not have a significant impact on response times for outages. She said there were still first response vehicles and supervisors in Franklin County who were on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During a storm, she said the company would still position manpower and equipment when and where it was needed. Ress pointed out the decision was made after research. She also said the move wouldn't happen until some time next year.

The headquarters in Springfield on Federal St. was also being closed. More than two dozen office staff and dispatchers were scheduled to move to another location on Cadwell Dr. Ress said these planned consolidations were meant to save money while maintaining a high level of customer service.

Copyright 2013 WSHM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police: body pulled from CT river is missing teen Brianna Cuoco

    Police: body pulled from CT river is missing teen Brianna Cuoco

    Friday, April 22 2016 10:30 PM EDT2016-04-23 02:30:14 GMT
    Saturday, April 23 2016 5:51 PM EDT2016-04-23 21:51:33 GMT
    (Photo provided by Chicopee Police)(Photo provided by Chicopee Police)

    A South Hadley family is now trying to come to grips with the death of their daughter.  Agawam Police said Saturday hat the body pulled from the Connecticut River on Thursday has been positively identified as 18-year-old Brianna Cuoco.

    More >>

    A South Hadley family is now trying to come to grips with the death of their daughter.  Agawam Police said Saturday hat the body pulled from the Connecticut River on Thursday has been positively identified as 18-year-old Brianna Cuoco.

    More >>
  • First Warning Weather

    Sunshine today; impactful winter storm arrives Friday

    Sunshine today; impactful winter storm arrives Friday

    Thursday, March 30 2017 6:16 AM EDT2017-03-30 10:16:09 GMT
    Thursday, March 30 2017 7:17 AM EDT2017-03-30 11:17:07 GMT

    WINTER STORM WATCH: A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Franklin, Hampshire and northern Berkshire County. The watch is for the potential of 6 or more inches of snow and sleet accumulation from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon.

    More >>

    WINTER STORM WATCH: A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Franklin, Hampshire and northern Berkshire County. The watch is for the potential of 6 or more inches of snow and sleet accumulation from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon.

    More >>
  • EXCLUSIVE

    Springfield elementary school playground fundraising site shut down

    Springfield elementary school playground fundraising site shut down

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 7:23 PM EDT2017-03-29 23:23:16 GMT
    Wednesday, March 29 2017 7:46 PM EDT2017-03-29 23:46:41 GMT
    Western Mass News PhotoWestern Mass News Photo

    A teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Springfield started a GoFundMe page to raise money for a new playground.

    More >>

    A teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Springfield started a GoFundMe page to raise money for a new playground.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly