Darrell Reed still lives in Iola, where he grew up. After graduating high school in 1978, he worked for a few different contractors on the construction of the Gibbons Creek Plant site from 1979 to 1982. In 1982, Darrel was hired by TMPA as a plant mechanic specializing in pulverizers, axial fans, vertical and horizontal pumps and conveyor systems. During his 26+ year tenure at TMPA, Darrell has worked on virtually every piece of equipment in the plant. In 2005 he earned a promotion to lead mechanic where he planned, scheduled and supervised major plant outage projects, including fan overhauls and precipitator and air heater rebuilds.
Darrell worked on TMPA’s first scrubber, a structure which removed particulate from the plant emissions, until 1996. In 1996 TMPA converted to PRB coal and the scrubber was subsequently decommissioned. Beginning in 2009 TMPA began refurbishing the scrubber to place back online in 2011. The scrubber team recruited Darrell to join their project because of his valuable prior experience and his well-known work ethic. In this position Darrell serves as plant representative for his craft and provides design input, equipment selection, and drawing / specification review for all of the scrubber systems. Darrell enjoys the camaraderie at TMPA and the satisfaction his job provides.