Mr. Stonebraker came to NP&L in April of 1986, after ten years of previous experience with Duke Power. He believes NP&L was "special" because "whatever needed to be done, people did." He remembers during a certain storm, working as an executive and lineman in the same day. Employees were often willing to give the extra effort to a community they felt a strong obligation to. Mr Stonebraker once "spent a week in front of K-Mart sitting at a table, taking addresses of outages in the community." The expectations Duke Energy had for NP&L "were always met of exceeded." During the change of ownership "there was not a single employee that lost their job to my knowledge."

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