The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 19, 2014

A great loss


The Daily Item

— Notwithstanding the obvious negatives associated with the unfortunate closing of the Sunbury Generation plant the greater loss to our community will also be reflected in the absence of their generous philanthropy which benefited numerous charitable organizations including EconomicsPennsylvania.

We were the beneficiary of Sunbury Generation corporate contributions, management and employee involvement and frequent donations of in-kind and non monetary gifts. Over the years, Sunbury Generation plant representatives never lost sight of their community charitable responsibilities sometimes publicly, but more often, in anonymous acts of unselfish kindness and sensitivity, which makes the closing all the more disappointing and regrettable.

In addition to the loss of jobs and revenue streams that directly impacted, for good, the Susquehanna Valley, the probable relocation of talented professional managers, as well as other members of an acknowledged dedicated workforce, will bring further human capital erosion to our area which significantly adds to the melancholy of the reality.

A prominent business landmark such as the Sunbury Generation plant closes and we’re all poorer for the demise. In the days ahead, as we drive by a darkened power plant, our memories must be tempered by gratitude for not only the product and jobs that once were provided but the philanthropy that was part of their corporate culture as well.  

Fritz M. Heinemann, President and CEO, EconomicsPennsylvania