Furniss called the career training program “self-directed.” If workers came in with ideas for new careers, the company has tried to support them, he said.
While stressing that operating the plant safely and efficiently has been the “highest priority,” Furniss said workers, in some cases, have been allowed to go for training during normal work hours.
The CEO praised workers for running the plant 24 hours a day while planning their futures.
“These guys are dedicated to their task, and their task is to keep the lights on for the North Shore,” he said. “And that’s what they’ve been doing, day and night and, in some of their cases, for many decades.”
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