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Petal's Plant Eaton being demolished

A crew from North American Dismantling Corp. begins demolishing Petal's Plant Eaton Friday. A crew from North American Dismantling Corp. begins demolishing Petal's Plant Eaton Friday.
PETAL, MS (WDAM) -

An iconic South Mississippi power plant that provided electricity for nearly 70 years is being demolished. Petal's Plant Eaton, which was Mississippi Power Company's first electric generating station, is coming down.

It went into operation in 1945, but company officials said it was closed in 2012 because it had become less efficient than other plants.

A company called North American Dismantling is doing the demolition and it should be finished by November.

"For a long time, Plant Eaton served the customers of Mississippi Power very reliably," said Herman Williams, who was the last manager of Plant Eaton. "The employees here were always dedicated to their cause. When the plant ran less in its latter years, the people that worked here also supported other facilities," he said.

Williams said the electric substation located next to the plant will remain in operation.

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