LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A massive transformer for the Ohio Edison substation in Lordstown is being installed.
The transformer weighs more than 500,000 pounds and made the trip from a rail yard in Warren to Lordstown by specially made vehicles on Monday. The trip took three hours.
Drivers had to navigate overpasses, heavy rain and train tracks. The substation provides electricity to the GM Lordstown plant and other businesses in the industrial park.
“This substation is about a mile away from the Lordstown GM plant, one of our important customers. We have continued to see growth actually in the industrial segment of our business for five years straight. It has been a real bright spot for the local economy,” said Doug Colafella from First Energy.
The substation upgrade is part of a $4.2 billion improvement program in the electric grid.
“We need to make sure that our facilities are up to date, modernized, so we can continue to deliver reliable service not only to our industrial customers, but all of our residential customers in northeast Ohio,” Colafella said.