Marseilles, Ill. (July 28, 2010) - Ottawa resident Dave Rhoades has been promoted to LaSalle Station site vice president. Rhoades replaces Morris resident Dave Wozniak, who is retiring after a 35-year career at Exelon.
"I am dedicated to carrying on Exelon's commitment to provide safe, clean and reliable energy and ensuring that this plant continues to be recognized as a top performer in the industry," Rhoades said.
"It has been a pleasure being a part of the community the past two years at LaSalle and a part of the Exelon team for my entire career," Wozniak added.
LaSalle Station has a track record for reliable operations. In 2006, Unit 1 set the world record for light water reactors, operating for 739 continuous days. Unit 2 is third in the world, previously running for 711 consecutive days.
Rhoades' primary responsibility will be to oversee the safe and reliable operation of LaSalle Station, including managing a staff of 800 employees, overall station performance and financial oversight.
Rhoades has spent his entire career at LaSalle Station, with 22 years of experience in nuclear power operations. Most recently, he was LaSalle's plant manager. He has gained extensive experience in operations, chemistry, outage support and work control.
Rhoades received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
"I am excited to have this opportunity and look forward to maintaining our vision of being a vital part of the local communities," Rhoades said.
In a related move, Naperville resident Pete Karaba has been promoted to LaSalle's plant manager. Karaba will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the plant, which include the operations, maintenance, work control, chemistry/environmental and radiation protection departments.
Pete joined the company in 1990 as a system engineer at Exelon's Dresden Station. Most recently, Pete was Dresden's maintenance director. Karaba has served in numerous other roles at Dresden in areas including operations, engineering and maintenance. Pete holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
Exelon Nuclear is the largest nuclear generating company in the nation. LaSalle County Generating Station is located approximately 75 miles southwest of Chicago. With both units at full power, the site produces more than 2,200 megawatts net, which is enough electricity for 2.3 million homes.