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Pirkey Transition Taskforce

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Everyone has a voice in our work as the Pirkey Transition Taskforce. Your input shapes the future of Marshall, Hallsville and our surrounding communities. Working together, we can find solutions to benefit all of us.

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Transition at a Glance

The Pirkey Plant will close in the fall of 2023. The closure will impact taxes generated by the plant which employed 106 workers and by the affiliated Sabine Mine, which employed 139 workers as of Nov. 2020.

Estimated Economic Impact

Purchase of local goods & services$120.4M$29.8M
Payroll taxes$23.3M$15.5M
Non-land taxable assets$216M$62M

* Harrison County (direct, indirect & induced impact), as of First Quarter 2021.
Source: Jobs EQ®

School Funding

Marshall Independent School District$2M/year
Hallsville Independent School District$300K

Frequently Asked Questions

The tax revenue helps pay for public services like local roads and street lights, parks, libraries and schools. These services help attract visitors and newcomers, whose support is necessary to keep small businesses and our community growing.

In fact, we are exploring the possibility of selling the assets to a buyer who can repurpose it for energy use or other industrial use. We are actively marketing and promoting the property to suitable candidates.

The future of park lands, including three miles of walking trails and a 10-acre camping area, will be addressed in the planning process. In addition, reclaiming lands near the Sabine mine and maintaining some of it as public wetlands is also under consideration. Land that AEP leases from landowners will be released back to them.

To date, SWEPCO has conducted voluntary career development workshops, voluntary resume reviews and hosted an on-site career fair. Our taskforce will continue training and job placement programs for workers who are affected. Preparing our workforce for jobs in the future economy is an important priority for the taskforce.

AEP employees will continue to live and work locally after the plant closes, and the electric company will continue to provide power to the community in the future. AEP maintains a deep commitment to the economic future of the region.

We've begun exploring our options to make our economy more resilient and flexible. Those options include investments in diversifying the mix of industries in our area and working with other nearby communities to build a region-wide economy focused on emergent and growing industries.

Meet the Taskforce Members

  • Gary Allen, Workforce and Economic Development Team Leader, East Texas Council of Governments - Contact Gary
  • Dr. Tashia Bradley, COO and Vice President for Administration, Wiley College
  • Jesse Casey, Mayor of Hallsville - Contact Jesse
  • Bart Day, Provost, Texas State Community College -- Marshall
  • Joel Endsley, Pirkey Plant Manager, American Electric Power - Contact Joel
  • Rush Harris, Executive Director, Marshall Economic Development Corp. - Contact Rush
  • Andy Hawbaker, President, North American Coal -- Sabine Mine
  • Dr. Richele Langley, Superintendent of Marshall Independent School District - Contact Dr. Langley
  • Hannah Luce, Director of Planning and Special Events, Texas State Technical College – Marshall; Rotary Club of Marshall - Contact Hannah
  • Sandra Nessing, Managing Director of Corporate Sustainability, American Electric Power - Contact Sandra
  • Mark Robinson, External Affairs Manager, SWEPCO - Contact Mark
  • Stacia Runnels, Executive Director, Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce - Contact Stacia
  • Chad Sims, Harrison County Judge - Contact Chad
  • Carey Sullivan, AEP / Southwestern Electric Power - Contact Carey
  • Orlando Valle, Market President, First National Bank of Hughes Springs, member of Harrison County Hispanic Lions Club
  • Charles Vanderbilt, Community and Economic Development Manager, East Texas Council of Governments - Contact Charles