AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- To help enhance service reliability for customers, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) continues to conduct tree trimming work in communities across The Illuminating Company's northeast Ohio service area to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment and help protect against tree-related outages. Since the beginning of the year, contractors have trimmed trees along more than 1,500 miles of distribution and transmission lines in The Illuminating Company service area as part of the company's more than $15 million vegetation management program for 2016, with an additional 500 miles expected to be completed by year-end. During the next several months, The Illuminating Company will conduct tree trimming work in the following communities: Bay Village, Bedford, Cleveland, East Cleveland, Euclid, Fairport Harbor, Gates Mills, Geneva Township, Hambden Township, Hunting Valley, Kirtland, Madison Township, Mayfield Heights, Middlefield, Newburgh Heights, Parma, Waite Hill and Westlake. "Tree trimming is a key component in our efforts to enhance customer service reliability," said John Skory, regional president, The Illuminating Company. "In continuing this successful program, our goal is to reduce service interruptions by protecting our wires and other infrastructure from tree-related damage." The vegetation management work is conducted by certified forestry experts under the company's direction, including: Asplundh Tree Expert Company; Davey Tree Expert Company; Lewis Tree Service, Inc.; and Townsend Tree Service. As part of its notification process, The Illuminating Company works with municipalities to inform them of tree trimming schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way also are notified prior to vegetation management work being done.