MARSEILLES, Ill. (May 24, 2010) - Exelon Nuclear's LaSalle County Generating Station donated more than 1,100 pounds of stainless steel welding rod to Illinois Valley Community College's welding technology program.
LaSalle Station, which stocks large quantities of welding material at the site for various work activities, has changed the type of weld rod material that it uses. The cost of 1,100 pounds of stainless steel welding material is approximately $25,000.
"Our welding department will use the material to teach stainless steel welding to the more than 100 students in our program," added IVCC Welding Program Coordinator Paul Leadingham. "We appreciate Exelon's generous donation because the material comes at a great savings to our school."
"We wanted our unused welding material to go to a worthy cause, and IVCC expressed that it would greatly benefit their welding technology program," said Dave Wozniak, site vice president, LaSalle Station. "We're pleased that the donation will help give students hands-on experience and prepare them for working in a technical field once they have graduated from IVCC."
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.
LaSalle Station is proud of its community outreach program. The station makes charitable contributions to a wide range of local organizations to help improve community, educational, environmental and recreational initiatives within local communities. In addition to the IVCC donation, LaSalle Station has donated more than $30,000 to local organizations so far in 2010.
Illinois Valley Community College is a two-year institution of higher learning located in Oglesby. The college serves a 2,000 square mile district encompassing all of Putnam and parts of Bureau, LaSalle, DeKalb, Grundy, Lee, Livingston and Marshall Counties. The college sits on a 425-acre campus that was constructed in 1972 and served more than 11,000 credit and non-credit students last year.