Inhofe in Poteau to Welcome GCI - AES-Shady Point Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today visited Spiro, Shady Point, and Poteau, Oklahoma to speak with employees at AES-Shady Point and Georges Colliers Inc. (GCI) coal company as the two companies signed a long term contract for CGI to continue to provide Oklahoma coal for AES-Shady Point. At the event, Senator Inhofe was also pleased to meet with AES-Shady Point President Ruben Soroeta and Director of Government and Community Relations Lundy Kiger, President of Georges Colliers Inc. (GCI) Craig Jackson, State Senator Kenneth Corn, and members of the Spiro and Poteau Chambers.

"AES is a global energy company that has had a great impact locally in Shady Point where they've had a presence since 1991," Senator Inhofe said. "Last summer the plant was recognized for reaching 1 million major accident free work hours. They have many national guard and reservists as employees, and the company keeps their pay whole while they're deployed, making up the difference in military salary and AES salary. They are great corporate citizens and do significant work in the community.

"GCI also plays an important role in the community here in Southeast Oklahoma, as 90 percent of their employees are local from the surrounding area.

"Coal is a critical component of our Nation's energy security. Through my leadership position on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I have long said America needs a comprehensive policy that taps all available resources - including coal. Today's announcement will make important progress in expanding our energy base, locally around Poteau, Oklahoma as well as nationally."

AES-Shady Point has also helped sponsor a successful series of Veterans meetings in Poteau, Stigler and Wilburton co-hosted by the offices of Senator Inhofe and Congressman Dan Boren (D-Okla.)