COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 23, 2008 – For the fourth time in seven years, American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has been named one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine, a national publication targeting career-committed mothers.
AEP is the only central Ohio-based company and the only electric utility on the list, which appears in the magazine’s October edition.
“We’re thrilled to be honored by Working Mother again,” said Michael G. Morris, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer. “It is clear that our programs and policies demonstrate AEP’s commitment to helping employees balance their personal lives and work lives.”
“Because AEP provides a critical 24/7 service to our customers, it can be challenging to provide working parents the flexibility they need,” said Mary Cofer, director of diversity and culture for AEP. “We have been fortunate to find ways to offer this flexibility, which benefits the company as well as our employees.”
The companies honored by Working Mother were chosen based on a 500-question survey addressing work schedule flexibility, work leave policies, child care, compensation and other work/life issues.
Honorees will be formally recognized during the annual Working Mother 100 Best Companies Work/Life Congress in New York Oct. 28-30.
AEP received the same recognition in 2007, 2004 and 2002. Working Mother also has selected AEP as one of the best companies for multicultural women the past three years.
More information about Working Mother, including the list of the 100 best companies, is at www.workingmother.com
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning more than 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.