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http://nuclearworkersflorida.org/covered_facilities/pinellasplant.html About the Pinellas Plant The Pinellas Plant has been part of the Department of Energy's (DOE) nuclear weapons complex since the plant opened in 1957. Before that the Plant operated in temporary facility at 2543 24th Street No., St. Petersburg, Florida which is now the Progress Energy equipment yard. In March 1995, the DOE sold the Pinellas Plant to the Pinellas County Industry Council (PCIC). DOE leased back a large portion of the plant site to facilitate transition to alternate use and safe shutdown which has been completed. The most recent mission was to achieve a safe transition of the facility from defense production and prepare the site for alternative uses as a community resource for economic development. Today the site is known as the Young-Rainey Star Center. The STAR Center is owned and operated by the government of Pinellas County, Florida and is located at the western gateway of Florida’s High Tech Corridor. Currently, space is leased to over 30 companies that provide synergistic opportunities for each other in the areas of analytical and environmental testing, custom hybrid micro-electronics, circuit design and manufacturing, forensic sciences, and more. (see early history by Ad Persons) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young-Rainey_Star_CenterOnly daughter (biological flesh and blood)of John f Howell john f Howell died in 1995. John and Jane Howell were married from 1951 to 1980.They had three flesh and blood biological kids. Jane Howell is the mother of Jeffory,James David and Kathy He worked at the GE Hotpoint plant in Milwaukee from 1950 to 1966. He was transferred to the GE PInellas plant in 1966-1990 ALONG WITH 80 FAMILIES. Jane Howell died in 1980. John f Howell died in 1995. My dad was the principal engineer at the Pinellas plant He worked for GE from 1950 to 1990. He was going to Los Alamos,Sandia nat lab,Oak ridge,Pantex,Rocky Flats,GE milwaukee,GE largo for 40 years He had 9 patents to his name. JANE HOWELL DIED IN 1980. His only kids(flesh and blood biological)are are Jeffory john Howell,James David Howell,Kathy Hoffman. Jane Howell is the mother of Jeffory John Howell,james David Howell and Kathy Howell Hofffman. In 1956, General Electric constructed the Pinellas Plant on a 96-acre (390,000 m2) plot in Pinellas County, Florida. This site was formerly known as Bryan's Dairy Farm. In 1957, the site was sold to the United States Atomic Energy Commission. In exchange, GE was awarded a 25 year contract to operate the site. GE continued to operate the site until 1992, when the contract was transferred to Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin). In this same year, the closure of the site was announced. In March 1995, the facility was formally sold to the Pinellas County government. DOE closure operations continued at the site until December 1997. As of August 2009, the DOE still maintains a presence on the site as part of continued clean-up operations.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young-Rainey_Star_Center The General Electric Corporation (GE) built the original 161,000-square-foot facility in 1956, on 96 acres, which had previously been Bryan's Diary Farm, in the center of Pinellas County. The primary mission of the plant was to develop and produce neutron generators for the nation's nuclear weapons program. These unique components consist of a miniaturized linear ion accelerator and pulsed electrical power supply. To produce these devices, the Plant acquired facilities and expertise that had broader commercial applicability. The Atomic Energy Commission, DOE's predecessor, bought the facility in June 1957 and awarded a 25-year operating contract to GE that lasted until May 31, 1992. The Pinellas Plant, as it was named, continued to be used to engineer, develop, and manufacture components, such as neutron generators, to support the U.S. nuclear weapons program. DOE expanded the Pinellas Plant mission to produce multiple electronic and support components for other DOE programs. The expanded mission included the design, development, and manufacture of special electronic and mechanical nuclear weapons components, such as neutron-generating devices, neutron detectors, and associated product testers. Other work involved electronic, ceramic, and high-vacuum technology. Specifically, the expanded mission included the manufacture of thermal and long-life ambient temperature batteries, specialized shock-absorbing foam supports, ferroelectric- and glass-ceramic encapsulation materials, and Radioisotopically-powered Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs). Part of the expansion included relocation of a similar production facility from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Pinellas between 1966 and 1967. The plant was expanded to 750,000 square feet in thirty years.http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/facility/pinellas.htmglobalsecurity.org The AEC was abolished in the 1970s and the Department of Energy (DOE) assumed responsibility for the nuclear weapons program. Over three decades of operation, the facility’s total square footage was expanded to approximately 750,000 s.f. In 1992, after the end of the Cold War, the DOE formally announced that the Pinellas Plant would be closed in 1997. In that same year, GE announced that they no longer would continue on as the prime contractor. The DOE awarded the contract to Martin Marietta. In 1994, Lockheed merged with Martin Marietta and became Lockheed Martin, who continued on as the prime contractor.The AEC was abolished in the 1970s and the Department of Energy (DOE) assumed responsibility for the nuclear weapons program. Over three decades of operation, the facility’s total square footage was expanded to approximately 750,000 s.f. In 1992, after the end of the Cold War, the DOE formally announced that the Pinellas Plant would be closed in 1997. In that same year, GE announced that they no longer would continue on as the prime contractor. The DOE awarded the contract to Martin Marietta. In 1994, Lockheed merged with Martin Marietta and became Lockheed Martin, who continued on as the prime contractor. --- JOHN F HOWELL HAD NO ADOPTED KIDS.">dol,doe,pinellas plant,sick nucler workers,special cohort,cold war...