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New River Honored with AEP’s Supplier of Choice Award

New River Electrical is honored to receive one of the first Supplier of Choice Awards presented by American Electric Power. “This award was earned through consistent, safe, and superior service to AEP,” stated Judd Schumacher, Managing Director of Transmission Procurement & Supply Chain Operations for AEP. “AEP brings comfort to people’s lives through the delivery of our product (electricity); without key suppliers and contractors like New River, we can’t deliver that service to our customers”.

This is an amazing honor, as AEP has over 5,000 vendors, and less than 10 of these awards were bestowed in 2022. AEP’s Supplier of Choice Award can be presented to any vendor category: goods, material, equipment, services, and labor. Out of 5,000 vendors, New River Electrical was the only major labor contractor who received this accolade.

“This is another tremendous honor for New River Electrical,” said Robert B. Arritt, Jr., President and CEO of New River. “This award represents the extreme value AEP has placed on our business relationship, and our ability to assist them in meeting their construction and maintenance plans”.

New River has been cultivating a strong relationship with AEP since first working together in 1953. Today, our New River family proudly continues to build on this 70-year relationship by consistently engaging in safe behaviors that produce exceptional outcomes and best-in-class service.

Thank you to everyone here at New River for continuously setting the standard every day in safety performance and project efficiency.


AEP Supplier of Choice Award