Norwalk Reflector: New cooperative facility in New London is close to completion
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New cooperative facility in New London is close to completion

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Nov 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM

NEW LONDON — Firelands Electric Cooperative’s board and management have been planning and working over the past two years to build a new all-in-one facility that will incorporate its office and warehouse operations all under one roof.

This new facility is located at 103 Industrial Drive in New London. Firelands Electric Cooperative plans to begin conducting business at this location on Jan. 17.

The cooperative’s new facility consists of a 12,180-square-foot office and 22,800-square-foot warehouse, which is replacing their three inefficient buildings that are currently being marketed through a realtor, company officials said.

Firelands Electric reportedly has taken advantage of lower interest rates and other financial opportunities available from USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to finance the project.

Located on 15 acres of property within the village, the new facility also includes a 50-kilowatt community solar array. Firelands Electric’s OurSolar program consists of 152 (335-watt) panels that were energized in late September and are a generation resource currently being offered to the co-op’s membership.

Janotta & Herner, based in Monroeville, has served as general contractor of the project. Environmental studies, soil testing, and some groundwork was completed before last winter. Janotta & Herner has been working diligently at constructing the new building since April and expects to have Firelands Electric Co-op’s new facility completed later this month.

The cooperative’s board and management have overseen and managed the entire project to ensure a long-lasting structure that will serve Firelands Electric Co-op and its members for many years in the future. Firelands Electric’s new facility incorporates LED lighting, energy-efficient heat pumps in the office, warehouse radiant floor heating, foam insulation, and other innovative technologies.

“We are very excited about the enhancements this new building will bring to Firelands Electric Cooperative members and employees,” General Manager Dan McNaull said. “The pre-engineered metal building was selected for its value in terms of cost and durability and was designed with the goal of delivering improved functionality, efficiency, and longevity.”

“Co-op members will be able to take advantage of features like the convenient drive-up window, while employees will benefit from improved security, better accessibility, and sufficient storage areas for materials and equipment,” McNaull said. “We are eagerly awaiting its completion and our move into this new facility.”

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