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PECO HIRES PHILADELPHIA AGENCY; WIN-WIN PROJECT FOR COMPANY, CUSTOMERS AND CO-MHAR

 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) (PECO) announced today it has started a one-year pilot program with the Community Organization for Mental Health and Retardation (CO-MHAR) to give disabled adults in Philadelphia a chance to learn practical job skills.
 PECO has contracted with CO-MHAR, a private, non-profit mental health agency to repair and replace its yellow blinker lights. The blinker lights are small devices used on poles, mobile transformer units, and barricades in work areas to alert motorists and pedestrians of potential hazards. The blinker lights are being sent to CO-MHAR from PECO's Philadelphia North Division to be reconditioned with new batteries and light bulbs and will then be re-used.
 PECO's Gary Miller, general manager, Philadelphia North Division, says, "We're excited to be working with CO-MHAR on this project. It's saving PECO and its customers money while giving PECO personnel time to do other tasks." Miller added, he hopes the project spreads company- wide.
 Since 1976, CO-MHAR has been giving its clients hands-on training in assembly and packaging. The 150 clients who work in the workshop at 3825 Whitaker Avenue in Philadelphia are learning valuable job skills that could lead to competitive employment. So far, 160 of PECO's yellow blinker lights have been reconditioned since the work began in December.
 According to CO-MHAR's Robert Campbell, marketing and development, "This project helps the motor skills of severely handicapped clients. We hope this is just the beginning and that more companies like PECO will find our services cost effective and valuable."
 Under the agreement, approximately six CO-MHAR clients test the batteries, remove and replace the bulbs and re-assemble the lights. Before, PECO's transmission and distribution employees would fix the lights as needed. As business grows, CO-MHAR hopes more clients will be trained on the project.
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