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OCTOBER 19, 2011
Contact: Lisa Perry, Manager-Community Relations, 406-237-6914
PPL Montana names new Colstrip assistant plant manager

PPL Montana has appointed Bruce Knutson to the newly established position of assistant plant manager at the Colstrip power plant.

Knutson previously served as maintenance manager at the Colstrip plant, leading 168 employees responsible for the maintenance of the 2,094-megawatt power plant, which is the largest employer in Rosebud County and a major contributor to the economy of eastern Montana.

“Bruce has 35 years of experience working at the Colstrip power plant, including a broad range of assignments from engineering and maintenance management to plant startup,” said Neil Dennehy, Colstrip plant manager. “Bruce’s new role as assistant plant manager opens a great opportunity for him to share his experience by mentoring our two new managers at Colstrip, Robin Shahan and Jim Rogers, and providing leadership and consistency between operations and maintenance organizations.”

Shahan, formerly maintenance team leader, has been promoted to manager-Operations, and Rogers, formerly a maintenance planning scheduler, has been promoted to manager-Maintenance. Both will report to Knutson.

“Robin and Jim have been long-term PPL Montana employees with deep roots in the community and an appreciation of how the Colstrip plant affects economic development and supports family sustaining jobs for hundreds of people,” Dennehy said. “Their experience, leadership and commitment to safety will be valuable assets to the leadership team and provide consistency within the Operations and Maintenance organizations.”

Shahan has worked at the Colstrip plant since 1980 with operational experience on all four units. She has held several positions in both maintenance and operations and has been active on several community committees, including 18 years as an officer with the Colstrip Softball Association and 15 years on the Colstrip Parks and Recreation board.

A Colstrip plant employee since 1984, Rogers has held several positions in the plant’s maintenance organization and serves on several committees. He received the 2008 Chief Operating Officer award for contributions to PPL Montana safety. He has served on several county and state committees, including the Rosebud Conservation District and a legislative subcommittee on environmental quality.
About 100 miles east of Billings, the Colstrip power plant is operated by PPL Montana and owned by PPL Montana, Puget Sound Energy Inc., Portland General Electric Company, Avista Corporation, PacifiCorp and NorthWestern Energy. More information is available at