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Chillicothe Native Retires after 49 Years of Service at DOE Portsmouth Site

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio -- December 18, 2019 -- When Chillicothe native Jim Anzelmo started working for Goodyear Atomic at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Pike County in 1970, the plan was to stay six years. That’s not exactly how things worked out and after more than 49 years, Anzelmo will officially retire from Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) on December 26, 2019.

Tyfani Lanier and Bob Smith thank and congratulate Jim Anzelmo for his many years of service.

“Five decades here has been a pretty great career, but it’s just time to retire and have some fun,” said Anzelmo. In his time at the Department of Energy (DOE) site, he has worked for Goodyear, Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin, and the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) and for FBP since 2011.  He retires as the Deputy Director for Nuclear Safety and Engineering.

“Jim is highly respected here and we will miss his professionalism, worth ethic, leadership, and wisdom,” said Bob Smith, FBP Site Project Director.

Anzelmo’s career at the DOE site almost didn’t happen.

“I was working my way through school on midnight shift at US Steel in Youngstown and I had just come off work when a classmate said, ‘Hey don’t you have that interview today?’ I thought it was the next day but I was wrong,” he said.

So he borrowed a jacket and tie and apologized at his interview for his 5 o’clock shadow, explaining he had just gotten off of work. Two weeks later he received a letter inviting him for a site visit.

When he arrived at the plant as a technical squad employee, he started working immediately with a group of people he respectfully refers to as “the originals.”

“I got to learn from the originals who started the place in the 50’s,” Anzelmo said. “I had lots of help from the old timers. I feel like they passed the legacy off to me and I picked up many of their jobs and I guess now I’m the old timer.”

Over the years Jim has seen the “A-Plant” in a number of phases. “I’ve seen this place run at full production and I’ve seen it when they shut the last cell down.”

One thing he says has always remained the same is the people.

“The people have been the greatest. I’ve been blessed to have worked with almost every organization on plant site. I have really enjoyed my work… out here the people you work with are your friends. It’s so important to always take time to ask others how they are doing and how their family is doing. It has always been a family atmosphere out here.”

Julie Needham has been Anzelmo’s administrative assistant for the past 11 years.

“Working for him has been a true pleasure. He has taught me so much and has helped me grow, not only in my job but as a person,” said Needham. “Jim cares about the people he works with and has become one of my closest friends.  He exemplifies what a good leader should be and inspires others to do better.  He will be greatly missed but I wish him the best. No one deserves it more.”

In addition to his dedication to the job, Jim also took an active role in the Employee Giving Campaign. His participation in the fundraisers helped raise thousands of dollars every year.

Jim Anzelmo pictured left in 1972

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About Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE: BWXT), two world-class companies with significant Ohio experience, formed Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) to address the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) needs at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Portsmouth Site in Pike County, Ohio. Jacobs Engineering, another global leader in industrial and environmental projects, provides support. Fluor-BWXT employs 1,800 workers who bring unparalleled experience, insights, and lessons learned from across the DOE complex. The Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth mandate is to clean up the Portsmouth Site safely and compliantly, provide strong uranium stewardship and partner with local communities to achieve a sustainable economic future. For more information, visit www.fbportsmouth.com.