Service Electric Co. in Chattanooga has sent about 270 people to the North to help restore power in the wake of superstorm Sandy.
More than 200 more could be sent in the next couple of weeks, said Jody Shea, president of the company that specializes in the construction of electrical transmission and distribution systems and storm restoration.
The first wave of 160 left Chattanooga on Saturday for Connecticut, he said. In addition, 20 people have gone to Ohio, 40 to West Virginia, and 50 to New Jersey, Shea said.
"We continue to ramp up our efforts as our regular customers throughout the Southeast release our crews to go to the storm region. We have the potential to send an additional 200-plus men in the next couple of weeks pending customer release," he said.