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A Year-Long Celebration Marks a Centennial Year for LG&E and KU
State fair display kicks off utilities' birthdays
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A number of anniversary commemorations are planned over the next year as Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company celebrate their 100th birthdays. The centennial year kicks off with a historical display at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville from Aug. 16 - 26.
LG&E, which traces its roots to an 1838 predecessor company, supplied natural gas and electricity to the booming river town of Louisville. Kentucky Utilities, based in Lexington, brought the wonder of electricity to rural Kentucky from the eastern mountains to the western border. Both companies emerged from stiff competition among many different gas and electric predecessor firms.
The first celebration milestone takes place Aug. 17, commemorating the date in 1912 when New Yorker Harry Reid sold his Versailles electric company and became general manager of a new company called Kentucky Utilities Company. It was part of Chicago-based Middle West Corporation. Reid came to central Kentucky seven years earlier to buy the Versailles power plant, with a vision of creating a network of electricity generating plants.
To cap off the year-long centennial celebration, the final milestone will take place July 2, 2013. It was on that date in 1913 that entrepreneur H.M. Byllesby consolidated a number of gas and electric companies to form Louisville Gas and Electric Company. LG&E was owned by Standard Gas and Electric system, which served 5.5 million customers in 19 states at the time.
Those two events — and many more — are captured in the display at the fair. The booth will also include numerous historic photographs, company artifacts, and a video highlighting LG&E and KU's history.
"Both LG&E and KU have rich histories that we are proud to celebrate with our customers and employees," said Victor A. Staffieri, chairman, CEO and president of LG&E and KU. "During our centennial observance, we honor LG&E and KU and the outstanding qualities that define the companies today: dedicated employees, corporate citizenship, a commitment to safety and customer satisfaction, reliable service and low-cost energy — reasons for us all to celebrate."
Visit www.lge-ku.com for a timeline of events in the life of both companies.
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve a total of 1.2 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. Kentucky Utilities serves 546,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. More information is available at www.lge-ku.com and www.pplweb.com.
For further information: LG&E and KU, 502-627-4999 (Toll-free 888-627-4999)