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S.T.E.M. Scholarships Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) college scholarship offered by Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth.

This one-time $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to 12 graduating seniors attending a high school, or residing, within Jackson, Pike, Ross or Scioto County.

Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above. The student will need to compose an essay of no more than 1,000 words, collect two letters of recommendation (no relatives please), provide an official transcript and complete the application.

Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth is committed to being an active corporate leader to the communities that have supported nuclear and environmental remediation missions at the DOE Portsmouth site for more than 50 years.

In April, a team of judges will review the applications and scholarship winners will be announced the first week of May.

Applications should be submitted to their high school guidance counselors by Friday, March 17 or directly to Deneen Garner at Deneen.Garner@ports.pppo.gov no later than Friday, March 24 with:

  • All required information (essay, recommendation letters, transcripts and completed applications);
  • Photocopy the application and black out social security numbers from all forms; 
  • Time, date and location of awards banquet

Download the application form.

Information can be mailed or emailed to:

Deneen Garner
Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC, Community Relations
PO BOX 548
Piketon, OH 45661


Fluor in the Community

As a corporate citizen committed to social responsibility, Fluor makes an impact wherever we have operations or projects – not only through client projects, but also through community engagement, employee volunteerism and philanthropy.


Fluor-BWXT Community Commitment Plan Dashboard (April 2016)

Attached is the latest update of quarterly dashboard which summarizes some of the community outreach efforts of Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth, the US Dept. of Energy and the other companies at the DOE Portsmouth Site in Piketon. As you know, we maintain a Community Commitment Plan to support our surrounding communities. Since our last update in January, the D&D Project has procured an additional $21M on goods and services from local suppliers.  In March, the Department of Energy hosted their 4th regional Science Bowl at Shawnee State University.  This education competition attracted 185 high school students and required 60 volunteers during the day-long competition.  In the end, Notre Dame High School took top honors beating out 37 other teams.   Also in March the DOE site public tour program resumed.  DOE offers tours of the former Gaseous Diffusion Plant on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  You must be over 18 and a US Citizen participate.  Contact Sandy Childers at  (740) 947-5558 if you’d like more information. 

We hope you find this information helpful in understanding Fluor-BWXT’s ongoing commitment to the betterment of our communities.


Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) recently received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2015 project in the category of Regionalism & Cross-Border Collaboration for communities with populations of 200,000-500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 6, during the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 4-7, in Anchorage, Alaska.

The International Economic Development Council Development Council presented their Bronze Award to the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) in recognition of the Fluor-BWXT Community Commitment Fund and fostering regionalism and cross-border collaboration.  Last week JEDISO members presented the FBP Steering Group with a copy of the plaque that recognizes the group’s efforts to foster economic growth in the region.  Pictured from left:  Jim Morgan, Community Commitment Fund Steering Group;  Tim Poe, Community Commitment Fund Steering Group;  Jason Kester, Southern Ohio Port Authority; Chris Manegold, Fred Hughes, Community Commitment Fund Steering Group; Dan Minter, Community Commitment Fund Steering Group;  Gary Arnett, Pike County Community & Economic Development;  Jennifer Jacobs, Jackson County Economic Development Board; and Daphne Mosley , Pike County Community & Economic Development

“From localized community projects, to large scale endeavors, economic development efforts have played a vital role in the global economy,” said JoAnn Crary, CEcD, Chair of the International Economic Development Council and President of Saginaw Future Inc. “As we address new and longstanding challenges, these efforts continue to take on even greater importance. The award serves as a salute to pacesetting organizations like the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) for leading the charge."

“This award recognizes the importance of working together as a region,” said Chris Manegold, CEcD, Executive Director of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio.  Jennifer Jacobs, Executive Director of the Jackson County Economic Development Board noted “this award provides validation that our approach to regional marketing is working.  We will use this recognition to enhance our website, print, and audiovisual marketing materials.” 

The Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) is a regional economic development organization comprised of Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto Counties in south central Ohio.  The mission of JEDISO is to improve the quality of life in the four-county region through diversification of the local economy, development and redevelopment of sites and buildings, and marketing the assets and workforce of the region. 

JEDISO is funded by the Fluor-BWXT Opportunity Fund.  Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) is currently demolishing the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) which was the largest employer in the region.  As part of its demolition contract FBP committed to invest 5% of its fee in a “community commitment fund” which provides approximately $500,000 a year for regional economic development activities to include micro business grants, marketing, and operating funds.  JEDISO has worked with Ady Advantage, Hamman Consulting, and Jim Bruce Facilities Planning on various marketing projects to include a strategic plan, target industry analysis, and site selector familiarization tours.  Since its inception in 2013, the Opportunity Fund has provided $550,000 in micro business grants which has led to over $100 million dollars in investment in the region.

After accepting the award, Jason Kester, Executive Director of the Southern Ohio Port Authority, presented on the successes of the region during the conference’s Ignite Session.  The JEDISO presentation focused on leveraging the clean-up of the PORTS site to drive regional economic development.

Recipients of IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards demonstrate to an experienced panel of judges that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession. They are recognized as the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.


About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,600 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base.  From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. www.iedconline.org.


Fluor-BWXT Community Commitment Plan –
Helping build a better today & stronger tomorrow since 2011

Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) recognizes the economic challenges facing local communities, particularly those that depend on a primary employer in the regional economy.

To that end we present the latest quarterly update to the PORTS Community Commitment Plan Dashboard (January 2016).  The Dashboard shows the impact our company has made on our community over the past five years as we have reached out through economic, educational and critical need efforts.  It also incorporates the generous giving of other site contractors on the DOE reservation.  Together we are proud to join DOE in serving our community.

Fluor-BWXT  is committed to being an active corporate leader to the communities that have supported nuclear and environmental remediation missions at the DOE Portsmouth site for more than 50 years. We designed our Community Commitment Plan to contribute to the economic stabilization and growth of the four counties that are most impacted by site operations and activities (Pike, Ross, Scioto and Jackson counties).

Fluor-BWXT will invest a percentage of our fee in the four-county region. We will use these funds to establish a Community Commitment Fund. Through this fund, we will develop targets for economic development and charitable giving initiatives that provide the greatest impact to the region. The four major components of the Community Commitment Plan are educational outreach, regional purchasing, community support and economic development.


JEDISO Website Wins American Web Design Award

The Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio’s (JEDISO) website, www.choosesouthernohio.com, recently won the American Web Design Award presented by Graphic Design USA. Since 1963, Graphic Design USA has been the news magazine for graphic designers and other creative professionals. Thousands of creative professionals have been recognized by this national design competition over the last three decades. The competition is open to advertising agencies, design firms, corporate, institutional and publishing in-house departments, and more. It honors outstanding new work of all kinds including print, packaging, point-of-purchase, internet, interactive and motion graphics.

JEDISO is a regional cooperative between Jackson, Pike, Ross, and Scioto Counties to market and promote economic development in south central Ohio. The group is endowed by Fluor-B&W Portsmouth and has generated nearly $90 million in investment in the four county region since 2013. “A visually appealing, functional, user friendly website is an essential tool when trying to capture the attention of busy business siting professionals. The county economic directors of JEDISO articulated a clear vision to the Ady Advantage team and they made it happen,” said Fred Hughes, Fluor-B&W Portsmouth Deputy Director and Fluor-B&W Community Commitment Fund Steering Committee Chair.

Bennett Syverson, Vice President & Creative Director for Ady Advantage, designed the website, drafted the regional target industry analysis, and he has worked with the counties over the last year. Bennett explained “Ady Advantage works with dozens of economic development organizations throughout the year. One of the organizations that stands out is the team from JEDISO. These four counties came together with a common goal and shared vision. They were brave enough to be decisive and made informed decisions that quickly moved them forward. JEDISO wasted no time and rocketed from regional research and planning to action with a branding program and the implementation of an aggressive marketing plan. The results have been impressive and we fully expect JEDISO to keep building on the momentum they have started.”

“Because the team of Ady Advantage is experienced in business to business marketing and economic development, we knew they were very capable in developing a brand and a compelling marketing message for what was once four individual counties now working together as a region,” stated Jennifer Jacobs, the Jackson County economic development representative for JEDISO. “Listening to our story Mr. Syverson was able to capture the essence and mood of the region to create a brand, a comprehensive website and a targeted industry marketing program that is consistent with the strengths and character of our region. We are excited that their efforts have been recognized by Graphic Design USA.”

Kevin Craft, Marketing Committee Chair for the Southern Ohio Port Authority commented “a dynamic website is essential for marketing our area to national and international companies looking to expand or relocate. Ady Advantage has provided JEDISO with a website that really promotes the strengths of our region, and is loaded with the information site selectors are looking for. It’s nice to see them recognized for their great work. We are also thankful for the investment by Fluor-B&W into the JEDISO group which made this website possible.”

The website, which has drawn interest from China, Brazil, and France was recently translated in Mandarin (China) and Portuguese (Brazil) to accommodate additional interest. The page has nearly 1000 visits a month and has been a key driver of development in our region. For additional information please contact Jason Kester, Secretary, JEDISO, at jkester@sohpa.org.


DOE Portsmouth Site Employees Raise $130,396 for Community

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – November 7, 2014 – Employees of Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, Centrus Energy Corp., the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors presented more than $130,000 in funds to the United Way/United Fund agencies in Pike, Jackson, Ross and Scioto Counties Oct. 20, concluding the Piketon plant’s annual campaign.

Members of the Portsmouth site United Way/United Fund Campaign committee and representatives from Pike, Ross, Scioto and Jackson County community organizations were on hand Monday, Oct. 20 when the giving campaign total of $130,396 was announced.  The total exceeds the previous site record of $118,156 raised last year.

The total exceeds the $118,156 tallied last year. An employee giving campaign was held throughout September and included a pledge drive, weekly cookouts, dinner and talent show, 5K run/walk, basket raffle, Sweets & Retreats auctions, Carr Classic Golf Scramble and Grand Finale lunch with a pie-in-the-face contest.

“This campaign came in the middle of a really challenging time for us,” Fluor-B&W Project Director Dennis Carr said.  “We ran a mindful, low-key campaign in light of the uncertain budget climate.  We stayed silent on a monetary goal out of respect for each individual’s circumstances.  We even considered postponing or just cancelling the campaign, but we couldn’t do that.  Our employees understand the need in our community is too great to ignore.”

Fluor-B&W employees organized a 5K walk/run Sept. 24 at Bristol Village benefiting United Way/United Fund supporting four counties.  More than 100 employees and plant neighbors participated including Steve Shepherd and Marlo Lozier, who designed a commemorative runner’s shirt for the event.

During many of the fundraisers representatives from Pike, Ross, Jackson and Scioto County community agencies came out to the DOE site and spoke to employees about the programs in their counties. 

“The support we receive from the Portsmouth site is absolutely phenomenal,“ Pike County Community Fund President Barbara Michael said.  “Their United Way Committee really goes all out during the month and tries to involve as many employees as possible.  They really have a lot of fun and we certainly appreciate their willingness to give so freely.” 

The more than $130,000 raised this year comes from employees across the 3,800-acre reservation including DOE, Fluor-B&W and Centrus employees (formerly USEC) as well as site subcontractors. 

“I’m very proud once again of how much energy our employee committee puts into this yearly campaign.  As a site, our workforce appreciates just how fortunate we are and the committee comes up with fun ways to give,” Carr said.  “We also get a lot of help through our parent company, Fluor Corporation.  Thanks to the Fluor Cares program we received about $37,000 in matching dollars for fundraisers and pledge donations.” 

“We are proud of the giving spirit of our employees and how they work together each year with the other site employees to support our local community,” said General Manager Jim Lewis, Centrus American Centrifuge Plant Operations.  “Centrus is proud to be a part of this compassionate effort to assist our local residents in need.”

Runners receive final instructions before heading out on the 5K-course Sept. 24 in Waverly, one of several events throughout the month that helped generate a record-breaking $130,000 for charities in four southern Ohio counties.


About Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE: BWC), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC (FBP) to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio.  Fluor-B&W which employs 1,900 workers includes two local mentor/protégé companies, inSolves and Wastren Advantage, Inc., and a small business, Pro2Serve, brings unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The Fluor-B&W Portsmouth mandate is to clean up the Portsmouth Site safely and compliantly, provide strong uranium stewardship and partner with local communities to achieve a sustainable economic future. For more information, visit www.fbportsmouth.com.

About Centrus Energy Corp.

Centrus Energy Corp. is a trusted supplier of enriched uranium fuel for a growing fleet of international and domestic commercial nuclear power plants. Centrus is working to deploy the American Centrifuge technology for commercial needs and to support U.S. energy and national security.


Science Alliance 2013

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Fluor-B&W workers dig deep for local United Way/United Fund Agencies

Fundraising campaign brings in record $118,156!

PIKETON, Ohio – October 21, 2013 – Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, the company responsible for the Decontamination & Decommissioning (D&D) Project at the Department of Energy (DOE) former Gaseous Diffusion Plant raised $118,156 to help local charities through their United Way/United Fund campaign in September. This total shatters the $75,000 campaign goal set by the employee committee and far exceeds last year’s total of $84,000. Many of Fluor-B&W’s 1,600 employees participated and gave generously to the campaign as did DOE, USEC Inc. and site subcontractors.

At a check unveiling event held at the DOE Portsmouth site last Thursday, Fluor-B&W Site Project Director Dennis Carr announced the total at a lunch held for the committee and local United Way/United fund representatives from Pike, Ross, Jackson and Scioto counties.

Fluor-B&W, USEC and DOE employees join representatives of United Way and United Fund Agencies from Pike, Scioto, Ross and Jackson Counties to announce their 2013 campaign total. The Fluor Foundation helped the site exceed their $75,000 goal by matching fundraising dollars throughout the campaign.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our employees and the efforts of our United Way campaign team to rally our workforce around such a great community program. We raised more than $20,000 in just one day,” Fluor-B&W Site Project Director Dennis Carr said. “That’s special. It was humbling and very fun to watch.”

Throughout September employees were asked to fill out United Way/United Fund pledge cards and join the fun by participating in grill outs, bake sales, raffles, a dinner and talent show and even a “Couch to 5K Run.” A grand finale cookout was held Thursday, Sept. 26 where a pie-in-the-face fundraiser raised a majority of the $20,000 referenced by Carr.

“Employees used their wallets to vote for the five top Fluor-B&W and DOE senior managers they wanted to see get hit with a custard pie,” Fluor-B&W Campaign Chair Deneen Garner said. “ An auctioneer also took bids for the right to throw a pie. The results generated good photos, fun and a lot of money.”

“The outstanding response to this year’s United Way Campaign is truly a measure of the caring power of Fluor-B&W employees,” Mary Elsass, executive director, United Way of Ross County said. “We sincerely appreciate their generosity and pledge to honor their support though our mission of improving lives and strengthening our community,”

Casual Friday? No. Fluor-B&W Manager Fred Hughes raised money within his department by threatening to wear a tutu. Here Hughes poses with Sarah Martin at the United Way/United Fund PORTS Grand Finale Cookout on September 26.

In addition to generous support by Fluor-B&W employees the Fluor Foundation based in Fluor Corp. headquarters in Irving, Texas is providing matching dollars toward the campaign. “Our employees met the goal, but receiving a match on our fundraising dollars really amplifies our total,” said Carr. “Those extra dollars can really make a difference where we live. We’re fortunate to have generous employees and caring service agencies that put financial and social assistance where it’s needed most.”

In addition to providing financial support to United Way agencies in the four-county area Fluor-B&W employees also give their time by participating in numerous boards and councils that have a direct impact on the quality of life in southern Ohio.

DOE Deputy Project Director Joel Bradburne prepares to take a pie from Fluor-B&W Director Dennis Carr.

Bradburne and Carr laugh about the results. A few minutes after this photo was taken Carr received his pie!


About Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE: BWC), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC (FBP) to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. The team, which includes two local mentor/protégé companies, inSolves and Wastren Advantage, Inc., and a small business, Pro2Serve, brings unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The Fluor-B&W Portsmouth mandate is to clean up the Portsmouth Site safely and compliantly, provide strong uranium stewardship and partner with local communities to achieve a sustainable economic future. For more information, visit www.fbportsmouth.com.

Community Contact Information

For community involvement activities, contact Deneen Garner at Deneen.Garner@ports.pppo.gov
or 740-897-2609. For questions, please call
1-888-603-7722 or email questions@fbportsmouth.com

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