ASHLAND, Ky. — Kentucky Power has purchased the Old Post Office in Ashland to use as its company headquarters.

The purchase will allow Kentucky Power to move all of its company headquarters employees to one location, while freeing up space for other employees, including operations personnel, who will continue to work at Robert E. Matthews Service Center near Cannonsburg. Some headquarters employees have been working in rental space in the Citizens Bank Building on Carter Avenue, while some others are at the service center.

“Kentucky Power has been looking for a permanent office headquarters since moving from Frankfort back to Ashland in 2017,” said Brett Mattison, Kentucky Power president and chief operating officer. “We have been very blessed to lease office space from Citizens Bank. However, we simply do not have enough space in our current leased space. We are proud to be moving back to downtown Ashland where our company headquarters was located for many years.”

The Old Post Office was built in 1916 on the corner of Winchester Avenue and 17th Street in downtown Ashland. It has been used in recent years for business meetings, conferences, weddings and other community events. Its days as a post office ended when a new postal facility was built on Carter Avenue. The older building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

“The new location will allow us to maximize efficiencies and operations and provide the needed room to conduct business,” Mattison said. “Kentucky Power is very proud of the areas that we serve, our communities and our recent 100th year celebration of being in business. We want to ensure that we are an integral part of the community and this move to a permanent location will allow us to do exactly that.”

Employees will move to the new location after a few minor modifications and functional changes are made. No specific date has been set for the move.

“We are looking forward to once again becoming a permanent resident of downtown Ashland,” Mattison said.

Kentucky Power, with headquarters in Ashland, provides service to about 167,000 customers in all or part of 20 eastern Kentucky counties, including Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Rowan. Kentucky Power is an operating company in the American Electric Power system, one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system. AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.