Construction of Front Royal power plant sparks hiring

Page News and Courier The Warren Sentinel
FRONT ROYAL — Construction on the new Dominion Power plant began in March at the site within Warren County’s industrial corridor on U.S. 522.

An office is open at 400-B Kendrick Lane in Front Royal, where construction workers can apply for jobs. As many as 900 will be employed at the site when work on the plant peaks in early 2014.

Already, 368 applications have been filed; 70 were from Warren County and 190 were from Virginia, said Cathy Green, vice president of external affairs for Zachry Industrial Inc., the San Antonio-based construction contractor for the project.

Forty-three people have been hired for the construction project, 26 of whom will work for the subcontractor Russo, and 17 for Zachry.

Eight of the hires are from Warren and Frederick counties, said Dan Genest, public relations spokesman for Dominion Power.

Bruce Beall, project manager for Zachry, said those interested in working at the site can apply in person at the Kendrick Lane office, which is staffed with an employment manager and another representative.

Online applications can be filed at Zachry’s website,, or at

“You can apply (to work) for a project with Zachry regardless of its location,” Beall said.

“We have lots of construction workers regionally who know the company. Some of them may be willing to travel coast to coast. They go (online) specifically looking for the jobs they’re interested in.”

Workers are currently putting in the pilings to lay the foundation of the power plant, which will include an administration building, cooling tower, three natural gas turbines, one steam turbine, and a steam generator on about 25 acres.

The gas-powered facility will supply electricity mostly to the Northern Virginia area, but will also sell power to various electric cooperatives in Virginia.

About 30 people — including control room operators, an environmental compliance coordinator, mechanics and engineers — will work at the plant after it opens in December 2014.

Hiring for those positions has not yet begun, Genest said.

“We may have a hiring office there. We will be making those announcements as we get closer to start hiring folks. We’re a long way away from that right now,” he said.

Dominion has 40 power stations that serve Virginia with energy supplied by gas, nuclear, coal, oil and hydropower. It also has plants in West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, Massachusetts, Indiana and Illinois.

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